Teen charged after Idle Creek house party turns deadly

A late-night party at a house in a Terre Haute subdivision turned deadly.

Posted: Mar. 28, 2018 7:15 AM
Updated: Mar. 28, 2018 9:37 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A late-night party at a house in a Terre Haute subdivision turned deadly.

Now, a 19-year-old is facing charges.


Nathan Derickson

Police and neighbors are saying something went very wrong at a party involving a bunch of teenagers.

The investigation started early Wednesday morning in the middle of Idle Creek.

The neighborhood was turned upside down after a party mixed with teens and alcohol turned deadly.

Around 1:30 Wednesday morning our crews caught video of police interviewing people at the house.

According to police, 19-year-old Nathan Derickson took out a gun at the party and was reportedly playing with it while he was drunk.

Police believe Derickson thought he had unloaded the weapon when it fired hitting the male juvenile victim, killing him.

Police are not identifying the victim at this time.

Neighbors say they're in shock.

We spoke to one grandmother who says it's a sobering thought, to think things like this could happen.

"It'll just be a shock to all of them. It'll be hard to come back from spring break with friends meeting this fate," Carol Defries said.

Derickson was charged with reckless homicide and is scheduled to be in court on Thursday.

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