Homicide Suspect and a Terre Haute Police Officer Die during Exchange of Gunfire

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Greencastle, IN 46135


FOR RELEASE: Upon Receipt

Sgt. Joe Watts
Public Information Officer


DATE: May 05, 2018

Homicide Suspect and a Terre Haute Police Officer Die during Exchange of Gunfire 

Vigo County—Indiana State Police Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators are currently investigating the death of a veteran Terre Haute Police Officer and a homicide suspect during an exchange of gunfire at an apartment building on Linwood Street in the Garden Quarter Apartment Complex, south side of Terre Haute, at approximately 6:32 last evening. 

Preliminary investigation revealed the Terre Haute Police Department was investigating an early Friday afternoon homicide on south 18th Street in the city. As their investigation progressed, information led four of their officers to a potential suspect in the Garden Quarter Apartment. As the officers encountered the male suspect near the front door of the two-story building, the suspect fired upon the officers from an elevated position on the second floor. Terre Haute Police Officers exchanged gunfire with the suspect. The veteran officer was rushed to Terre Haute Regional Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.  

A standoff ensued, and ultimately ended at approximately 9:15 last evening, as members of the Terre Haute Police Department SWAT team entered the apartment building and located the suspect on the second floor hallway. The suspect succumbed to his wounds as well. 

Multiple Police/Fire/EMS/EMA/Coroner units assisted. 

The investigation is ongoing and further information will be released as it becomes available. Autopsies are expected tomorrow.  

Questions about the ISP investigation should be directed to Sergeant Joe Watts. Questions about the Terre Haute homicide investigation on South 18th or the veteran officer, should be directed to THPD PIO Ryan Adamson, 812.238.1661. 

Garden Quarter Scene pictures attached. 

Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.



Garden Quarter 1
GQ 2

Right is ISP CSI Sergeant Brandon Mullen photographing the scene....Left is ISP Detective First Sergeant Jason Fajt noting potential evidence....both at scene of THPD officer death.

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