Greene County, Indiana – July 20, 2023
The Indiana State Police have been called in to investigate an officer-involved shooting incident that occurred on July 19, 2023, at approximately 10:00 a.m. at 3936 South Old Clifty Road, Owensburg.
The request for the investigation was made by Greene County Sheriff George Dallaire. According to the initial reports, deputies from the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, along with a deputy from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, were in pursuit of a suspect involved in a shooting that took place in Bloomington, Indiana, during the previous night.
At the location on South Old Clifty Road, deputies located the suspect’s vehicle near a tent. As they exited their vehicles, a gunshot was heard coming from the tent, prompting the deputies to take cover. In response, a Greene County deputy discharged his department service rifle towards the source of the gunshot. The Bloomington Police Department SWAT team was then activated and entered the tent, discovering a deceased male inside.
Indiana State Police detectives, Michael Tummer and Matthew Hatchett, are leading the investigation into the incident. They are being assisted by Sergeant Chris Fears, as well as CSI Sergeants Ian Mathews, David Mill, and Eric Russell, all from the Bloomington State Police Post.
An autopsy of the deceased male is scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 20th.
Following standard protocol in officer-involved shootings, all deputies involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave.
Concurrently, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department is conducting a separate investigation into the initial shooting incident that occurred in Bloomington.
The Indiana State Police investigation is currently active and ongoing, and no further information is available for release at this time. Upon completion of their investigation, the findings will be submitted to the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office for review.
It is important to note that under the law, criminal charges are only accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.