Authorities say the suspect in the fatal shooting of an Indiana officer has died from injuries sustained during a shootout with police at an apartment complex.
Terre Haute police confirmed the suspect’s death during a news conference late Friday night. Previously, Indiana State Police spokesman Joe Watts had said the man was “injured/detained” at the apartment building where he was barricaded and that medics were responding.
Terre Haute police spokesman Ryan Adamson says the city officer’s investigation of a homicide led him to the Garden Quarter apartment complex on the city’s west side. He says the shooter was a suspect in that homicide.
No additional information was immediately available on the male officer who was killed. Authorities say police know the suspect’s name but haven’t released it.
“It is another tragic loss for the Wabash Valley and the Terre Haute Police Department,” Watts said in announcing the officer’s death.
Adamson says Terre Haute police and police from other agencies surrounded the building in the Garden Quarter apartment complex on the city’s south side shortly after the shooting. Officials called the area dangerous and urged residents to avoid it.
The death is the first in the line of duty by an officer with the Terre Haute Police Department since July 11, 2011. That is when Officer Brent D. Long was killed while serving an arrest warrant with a U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force.
The 34-year-old Long worked for the department for six years.