Prosecutor: THPD shooting of suspect was ‘legal use of force’

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Following an investigation into an officer involved shooting earlier this year, the Vigo County prosecutor’s office concluded the use of force was legal.

Sgt. Adam Loudermilk and Patrol Officer Daniel L. Johnson discharged their weapons during a March traffic stop after a passenger in vehicle, Jeremy Ross, brandished a firearm.

After Ross was released from the hospital for treatment of non life-threatening injuries, he was charged with possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

“The use of deadly force by the Terre Haute Police Department Officers was a legal use of force under I.C. 35-41-3-2 – Use of Force to Protect Person or Property (the self-defense statute) and I.C. 35-41-3-3 – Use of Force Relating to Arrest or Escape.” Prosecutor Terry Modesitt said.

Loudermilk and Johnson were both placed on administrative leave immediately following the incident, which is customary in police-involved shootings.

“Because there is an active criminal prosecution against Jeremy Ross arising out of this incident, the Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys prevent me from discussing any details, facts, evidence or opinions that arose out of this investigation until the criminal process is complete,” Modesitt explained.

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