Elkhart man who shot through victims' front door sentenced to 58 years in prison

Nicholas Rushlow was charged with attempted murder and criminal recklessness following allegations that he shot through a victim’s door after impersonating a police officer.

Posted on Aug. 7, 2014 at 8:37 p.m.

GOSHEN — A man convicted of attempted murder and criminal recklessness for shooting through the front door of a victim’s house was sentenced in court Thursday morning, August 7.

Nicholas Rushlow, 32, of Elkhart, was sentenced to 58 years in prison. Rushlow was found guilty of attempted murder and criminal recklessness following a three-day trial in July. 

According to the probable cause affidavit, police were called Oct. 11, 2013, to the 100 block of South Shore Drive for reports of a shooting. 

The victims said in the early morning hours they heard a knock on the door. While one of them took their dog upstairs, the other victim went to the door. Both victims recognized Rushlow and heard him say he was an officer with the Elkhart Police Department and was there to serve a warrant. 

Before they could open the door, Rushlow shot five times into the door. One of the bullets grazed the top of one of the victims’ head. 

Neighbors in the area also testified, telling police they heard the shots. 

Rushlow has been previously charged with possession of a bomb and dealing in controlled substances. Elkhart Circuit Court Judge Terry Shewmaker told Rushlow he had to enhance his sentence from 50 to 58 years given his criminal history and the way in which he endangered the victims.

"But for luck we would be here for a murder case instead," Shewmaker said. 

Rushlow told the court he plans to file for an appeal.

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