Lafayette man avoids murder charges

Joshua Allen (Photo Provided/Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office)
Joshua Allen (Photo Provided/Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office)

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) — A Lafayette man avoids attempted murder charges after prosecutors said he shot a man last weekend.

Prosecutors said Joshua Allen, 22, got into a fight with Sean Gentle, 22, on Elk Street Saturday, May 10. During the incident, they said Allen shot Gentle in the abdomen.

Gentle was taken to St. Elizabeth East Hospital and had surgery for his wounds.

Prosecutors said witnesses told police the men got into a physical altercation before Allen fired the shots.

They said police found Allen a few blocks away with blood on his shoes and boxer shorts.

Allen faces charges including aggravated battery, battery and criminal recklessness. He had originally faced a preliminary charge of attempted murder. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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