Police: Jeffersonville man abducted and shot ex-fiancee before killing self

Published: May. 4, 2015 at 12:58 AM EDT|Updated: May. 11, 2015 at 12:58 AM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Police in Indiana say a Jeffersonville man who abducted his former fiancee shot the woman as she fled to safety in rural Crawford County before turning the gun on himself.

Tara N. Garland, 36, is in serious but stable condition at University of Louisville Hospital after being shot in the back as she escaped from the man who was holding her gunpoint, police said.

Indiana State Police say Bradley R. Sease, 45, took Garland from her home in Chandler, Indiana, around 11 p.m. Saturday night.

He then forced her to drive from Warrick County to Morgan Road, located in the area of Taswell in Crawford County.

Around 6 a.m. Sunday, Garland managed to get away from Sease. Sease allegedly fired several shots as she drove off in her vehicle. The vehicle was hit twice, and Garland was shot in the back, according to ISP.

She continued driving and stopped at a home on Highfill Chapel Road where she asked the resident to call for help.

Police later found Sease near the area where the vehicle had been parked with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. An autopsy is pending.

WFIE, our sister station in Evansville, Indiana, reported that Garland is a jailer at the Warrick County jail.

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