A Rosedale man and his daughter testified how a domestic argument escalated
into gunfire in July 2012 when they took the witness stand today during the
Parke County trial of Zachary Buza of Terre Haute.
Buza, 19, faces seven felony counts -- including attempted murder, attempted
voluntary manslaughter, aggravated battery, criminal recklessness and
strangulation -- in connection with a Sunday afternoon standoff with police
at his girlfriend's residence. In the incident, two police officers
sustained injuries after bullets were fired in their direction, striking a
Rodney Lowe and his daughter, Abigail Lowe, 17, recounted under oath how
Buza came to their home the day of the shooting, appearing intoxicated.
Rodney Lowe stated that when Buza became violent with his daughter and
threatened to kill him, Lowe retrieved a baseball bat from his living room
and struck Buza with it, ordering him to leave the home.
Abigail Lowe stated that she got between her father and Buza, trying to stop
the fight, and she tried to take the bat from her father. She testified that
she and her father left the home to go to a neighbor's house, after some of
her friends arrived at the scene and tried to calm Buza.
Testimony will resume this afternoon in the trial, which is expected to
continue through Friday in Rockville.