WEST TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The scene is clear and there is no public threat following an incident Saturday morning during which law enforcement officers were shot at.
According to Indiana State Police Sgt. Matt Ames, the incident occurred in the 600 block of Sarah Meyers Drive in West Terre Haute.
Vigo Co. Sheriff John Plasse said the initial call was for a wellbeing check.
“They located his car out in the field. While they were processing that, they came in contact with him and shots were fired at our guys from him,” Plasse said.
One law enforcement vehicle was struck three times. At that time, Terre Haute’s SRT was called for armored protection. The suspect continued to fire off shots.
“We didn’t want to approach a guy that was actively shooting at us. So we went with an armored vehicle and threw some flash bangs to see once it located him laying down, to see if he would move and he didn’t,” he noted.
The suspect was later pronounced dead at the scene from gunfire.
“They approached on foot and secured him and [we] had a medic come up and he was already gone,” Plasse continued.
According to Sheriff Plasse, due to the Vigo Co. Sheriff’s Department’s involvement in the incident, the Indiana State Police will conduct the invesitigation.
Sgt. Ames said there were 15-20 law enforcement officers involved in the shooting.
He said he believes they did what they could to keep everyone safe.
“What’s great about that is that there were officers that were receiving fire and every officer that was on duty in the area responded to the scene to provide assistance, to help the brotherhood out,” he said.
The investigation is ongoing but at this time, law enforcement officers are saying no officers were actually shot. One officer was reported to have an injury to his ankle.
All information collected by the Indiana State Police will be reviewed by the Vigo Co. Prosecutor’s office.