BREAKING NEWS: Shooting suspect dies of gunshot in exchange of fire with police

Updated at 5:15 p.m

The suspect in a Bartholomew County manhunt was shot and killed about 12:21 p.m. Saturday during an exchange of gunfire as Indiana State troopers were searching the river bank near the location of an earlier shooting incident involving a Columbus police officer, police report.

A Bartholomew county resident, Quentin Starke, 44, who was hiding in a secluded wooded area, died after an exchange of gunfire, according to the Indiana State Police.

As the two encountered each other, Starke fired at the trooper and missed, police said. When the trooper returned fire, Starke was struck and died, officers said.

It is uncertain, however, if the gunshot wound was from the Indiana State Trooper’s firearm or from Starke’s firearm, they said.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death and a ballistics test will be performed to determine which weapon’s bullet or bullets struck Starke, police said.

When Starke was apprehended, first aid was rendered but he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the state police statement.

The name of the Indiana State Trooper involved in the shooting will be released at a later date, police said.

Updated at 4 p.m.

Police have captured a man accused of shooting at police in an incident early Saturday morning in Garden City, south of Columbus.

A state police spokesman said the man was shot before his capture sometime around noon Saturday, but his condition wasn’t immediately known.

Sgt. Stephen Wheeles said the man, whose name has not been released, had exchanged gunfire with a SWAT team.

The incident that led to his capture began around 4:30 a.m. Saturday. That incident also left Columbus Sgt. Joshua McCrary injured by a gunshot or some type of debris, police said.

McCrary, a 2000 graduate of Brownstown Central High School, was treated at Columbus Regional Hospital and released. McCrary joined the force in 2008.

The incident began when McCrary attempted to stop a vehicle at 11th and Washington streets, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department. The driver refused to stop, and the pursuit continued south on State Road 11.

Columbus Police Department Sgt. Josh McCrary

Tire deflation devices were placed in the roadway in the Garden City area and the vehicle ran over them, Harris said.

The vehicle continued down State Road 11 and then went near the city’s water treatment plant, down a gravel road to a tree-lined area, where the driver left the vehicle and shot at the officer, Harris said.

McCrary did not return fire and notified dispatchers he had been shot.

Additional police officers arrived and set up a perimeter to search for the shooter. He was eventually captured on the east side of the Driftwood River near the water treatment plant.

McCrary, who was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, and his wife, Susan, have two children.

McCrary is not the first Columbus officer from Brownstown injured in a incident in recent years. On Dec. 1, 2009, Officer Marc Hutcheson, who graduated from Brownstown Central High School in 1993, was stabbed during an incident in the 700 block of Hutchins Avenue in Columbus.  Carl J. Drucker received a 47 and a half year sentence in that case in April 2010.

For more on this story, see Monday’s Tribune.