A Terre Haute Police Officer was shot and killed Friday evening at Garden Quarter. The suspect is also dead.
At approximately 6:32 P.M., Terre Haute police were investigating a homicide that occurred within the city limits of Terre Haute on South 18th Street.
The investigation led four officers to Linwood in Garden Quarter on a possible suspect.
When officers entered the apartment complex building and approached the suspect, gunfire was exchanged.
A Terre Haute Police Officer sustained a gunshot wound and was transported to Regional Hospital where he later passed away.
His name has not been released.
Police say the suspect was also shot during that exchange of gunfire and also died. His name has not been released either.
When speaking to the media, Indiana State Police Sergeant Joe Watts says this is “another tragic loss for the Wabash Valley and the Terre Haute Police Department”.
Indiana State Police are investigating the shooting at Garden Quarter, while Terre Haute Police are handling the original homicide investigation on S. 18th Street.
“We’re unfortunately seeing this too often when people are engaging with law enforcement and we are losing our lives and other agencies have to work those cases for us,” says Terre Haute Police Chief John Plasse. “I would just ask that you keep our officers in our thoughts and prayers.”
“When that call comes out, that’s literally the worst call you can hear as a police officer is when a fellow officer, he or she is down, so that will draw out everybody,” says Sgt. Joe Watts with ISP. “It’s bone chilling, it’s heart wrenching, it’s just the worst call that you can possible hear so, we’re going to do what we can to support THPD like we always do and we thank you for your support.”
ISP detectives and crime scene technicians are scouring the apartment at Garden Quarter. The crime scene remains cornered off.
Once ISP’s investigation is complete, it will be submitted to the Vigo County Prosecutor’s Office for review.
Vigo County Sheriff Greg Ewing says the the department, as well as other nearby sheriff’s departments and ISP, will assist THPD in covering the Terre Haute area as they mourn the loss of their officer.
“The citizens of Terre Haute don’t need to worry. The Indiana State Police as well as my office and also our neighboring sheriff’s offices are sending deputies and police officers to cover the city of Terre Haute while they mourn the life of their fellow officer,” says Sheriff Greg Ewing.