Terry Burns over at the Indianapolis Times relayed a report from Channel 8's Jim Shella that State Representative Ed Delaney was attacked this morning. Here is the post from Terry's Indianapolis Times Blog.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Ed and his family.
This from Jim Shella at WISH-TV:
CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) - State Representative Ed DeLaney (D-Indianapolis) is being treated at Methodist Hospital after an apparent murder attempt.
Carmel Police Lt. Jeff Horner said that at approximately 10:15 Saturday officers responded to a welfare check on Catherine Dr. A witness called the police stating that she saw someone she knew that appeared to be in trouble. The witness stated that the subject was in a black PT Cruiser.
When the Carmel Officers arrived on Catherine Dr. they saw a male subject, later identified as Augustus J. Mendenhall, on top of another male subject. Mendenhall was punching the other subject in the head. Mendenhall ran when he saw the police approaching. After a short foot chase Mendenhall was tased and taken into custody.
Ed’s wife Ann reports that he was lured to the meeting in Carmel under false pretenses. She said the mn pulled a gun on 66-year-old DeLaney. When the gun jammed, the attacker used it to beat DeLaney.
The suspect, 38 year old Augustus J. Mendenhall from Indianapolis, was transported to Carmel Saint Vincent’s Hospital where he was checked out and released. He was then transported to the Hamilton County Jail where he is being held without bond.
Mendenhall is facing charges of Attempted Murder, Robbery, Aggravated Battery, Resisting Law Enforcement and Criminal Confinement."
WISH reports that Delaney suffered two broken bones in his face as well as cuts and bruises. Shella says the injuries will require surgery.
I second Terry's call for thoughts and prayers for Rep. Delaney. Get well soon, sir!
UPDATE: The Indianapolis Star has more details here. Sounds like Ed is in good spirits, and that's good news.