Clinton police officer involved in Saturday night shooting released from hospital

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An officer who fired at a suspected intoxicated driver who is accused of pinning him against his cruiser was treated and released from the hospital, according to Indiana State Police.

ISP is investigating the officer-invovled shooting that happened just after 9 p.m. Saturday on Hazelbluff Road. Acccording to ISP, the officer was sent to the area after Vermillion County dispatchers recieved two calls about a suspected intoxicated driver who was “driving all over the roadway.” 

The officer saw the suspected driver in a pickup truck on Hazelbluff and stopped his cruiser with all emergency lights activated. 

“The officer attempted to exit his vehicle when the subject continued driving towards the police vehicle, pinning the officer against the car,” ISP said in a news release. “The officer then pulled out his duty weapon and shot at the driver, hitting him.”

Vermillion County EMS then arrived and freed the officer from between the vehicles and gave first aid to both the officer and the pickup driver.

The pickup driver was first taken to Union Hospital Clinton and then flown to Methodist hospital in Indianapolis.

The Clinton officer was treated and released from Union Hospital Clinton.

No information on the condition of the man who was shot was released. 

ISP is leading the investigation, which will be turned over to the Vermillion County Prosecutor’s Office once it is complete.

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