Vandalia Man Charged With Alleged Attempted First Degree Murder

A Vandalia man has been charged with three counts of alleged Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm and one count of alleged Attempted First-Degree Murder.

38 year old Travis E. Stewart, of Vandalia was arrested early Sunday morning, April 5, after allegedly firing a shotgun at Shane Nibert and his vehicle.

Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison told WGEL Nibert came into the Vandalia Police Department early Sunday morning and reported that Stewart had shot at him and his car. Officers responded to the residence where shots were allegedly fired and found a shotgun and large knife in the kitchen. Investigation determined that Stewart, Nibert, and a female were having a discussion and the woman left the men alone. She returned a short time later and said she saw Stewart holding a gun. She reportedly ran upstairs and heard gunshots.

State’s Attorney Morrison says Stewart admitted to firing a shot inside the residence but denied shooting the gun outside of the home. Police say they found three spent .12-gauge shotgun shells outside and shotgun pellet holes in the fender, hood, and windshield of Nibert’s vehicle.

Nibert told police that Stewart pointed the gun at his face and after he grabbed the barrel of the gun a shot was fired as the two men struggled. He said he heard a gunshot once as he was approaching his vehicle and another shot, which broke the window of his vehicle.

Stewart is being held in the Fayette County Jail on $100,000 bond and will appear in Fayette County Court on April 15.