Twenty-eight years ago, as a Daviess County sheriff’s deputy, David Osbourne went to the home of Darrell Perry to serve an eviction notice. Perry had never been on the radar of local police, so Osbourne thought serving him with papers would be routine business.
“We didn’t get in an argument inside the house. He didn’t even raise his voice. He just said, ‘Why are they doing this to me,'" Osbourne recalled. "We got back outside by the driveway. My cruiser was parked behind his car. I walked to my cruiser. I didn’t watch him, and the next thing I knew I heard the first shot go off.”
Osbourne was struck four times, including in his back. The bullet nicked his spinal cord, paralyzing him from the waist down. The six-foot, 250-pound shooter then jumped on top of Osbourne.