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Affidavit: Shooting victim feigned death so attacker would leave

September 5, 2018 GMT

A woman seriously injured in a triple shooting last week was so scared of her attacker that “she laid on the couch and acted as if she was dead” so he would go away, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

Rachel Burtz, 33, was shot in the abdomen by Travon R. Fincher, 22, around 9:15 p.m. Thursday in a home on Madison Street, she told police. Ricky Pelmear, 40, was killed, and Jason Sandy, 41, was shot in the face and shoulder but survived.

Fincher was arrested Tuesday night, when his mother turned him in.

All four were at the home when Fincher emerged from a bathroom and started shooting, a probable cause affidavit alleges. Burtz said Fincher, Pelmear and Sandy had smoked marijuana, the affidavit states.


Burtz and Sandy each told officers at the scene a man named Tray shot them. Each repeated the claim in interviews with detectives.

Sandy, who couldn’t speak to officers because of his injuries, told investigators “with nods moving his mouth and writing notes” that Fincher shot each of them, stole about $1,000 and took the drugs.

Fincher is charged with murder and two counts of aggravated battery. He is being held without bond at the Allen County Jail.

For more on this story, see Thursday’s print edition of The Journal Gazette or visit www.journalgazette.net after 1 a.m. Thursday.