ISP investigating officer-involved shooting that leaves male dead

Detectives from the Indiana State Police Versailles Post began investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred Sunday night along Tipton Street near Burkart Boulevard in Seymour.

The initial investigation by ISP investigators indicated that at approximately 8:30 p.m., officers with the Seymour Police Department were called to Walmart Supercenter, 1600 E. Tipton St., to investigate a theft from the store.

Upon arriving in the area, officers found a male matching the suspect’s description along Tipton Street, also known as U.S. 50, who was allegedly in possession of stolen merchandise. The man fled from the officers on foot northbound across Tipton Street.

The investigation determined the man entered a ditch in front of Taco Bell in the 1500 block of East Tipton Street while armed with a handgun.

Two Seymour police officers fired their weapons, striking the suspect, who was provided medical attention at the scene before being transported to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, where he died as a result of the injuries. No officers were injured in the incident.

The Seymour Police Department requested detectives from the Indiana State Police Versailles Post conduct the investigation into the incident.

At this time, investigators are working to identify the man who was shot and notify his family. An autopsy is scheduled for today. His identity and the identity of the officers involved will be forthcoming.

Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, public information officer, said Monday afternoon that he did not anything significant to be released until the identity of the victims and the identity of the officers is released and that would likely happen Wednesday.

At the conclusion of the investigation, the case will be presented to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

The Indiana State Police was assisted by officers with the Seymour Police Department and Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and personnel with Jackson County Emergency Medical Services, Seymour Fire Department and Jackson County Coroner’s Office.