Homicide suspect kills Indiana police officer in shootout, dies from injuries

A man who killed a police officer in a shootout on Friday barricaded himself in an apartment complex in Indiana before he later died from his injuries, authorities said.

Four Terre Haute police officers approached the suspect at the Garden Quarter Apartments around 6:30 p.m. while they were investigating a homicide that took place earlier Friday, police said.

The suspect opened fire from the second floor and struck an officer on the ground below as the cops returned fire, according to Joe Watts, public information officer for the Indiana State Police.

A veteran officer was injured in the shootout and rushed to Terre Haute Regional Hospital, where he died.

The suspect, who was also injured, managed to barricade himself inside the building for several hours.

When a SWAT team finally entered the building around 9:15 p.m., they found the suspect on the second-floor hallway, Watts said.

Several law enforcement agencies including the Indiana State Police and the Vigo County Sheriff's Department surrounded the apartment building in Terre Haute, Indiana. (Austen Leake/The Tribune-Star via AP)
Several law enforcement agencies including the Indiana State Police and the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department surrounded the apartment building in Terre Haute, Indiana. (Austen Leake/The Tribune-Star via AP)

Medics responded to the scene and treated the suspect, who later died, said Police Chief John Plasse.

The identities of both the slain officer and the suspect have not been released.

The officer’s death is the department’s first in seven years.

“It is another tragic loss for the Wabash Valley and the Terre Haute Police Department,” Indiana State Police spokesman Joe Watts said.

Source: nydailynews

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