A Terre Haute police officer was shot and killed Friday, by a man who holed himself up on an apartment.
An Indiana officer was killed Friday evening in an exchange of gunfire between police and a homicide suspect, who barricaded himself inside an apartment complex and later died from injuries sustained during the shootout, authorities said.
Indiana State Police are investigating the shooting, while Terre Haute Police are handling the original homicide investigation. The man who shot the officer was a suspect in the homicide. That acquaintance was the suspected gunman in the earlier homicide and the suspected killer of the police officer.
City police released little information on the South 18th Street homicide, saying they were just making headway in that case when the Garden Quarter suspect shot one of their offices. A police officer was killed. In a Friday night news conference, police declined to provide more information about the earlier homicide, including when it happened, but spoke instead about the outpouring of support they had received for the who officer died. "We are praying for his family, friends, colleagues, and community".
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Sgt. Joe Watts says they have ISP SWAT, robots, choppers and everything they can do to assist in the situation.
Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter was at the scene.
The investigation led them to Linwood in Garden Quarter on a possible suspect. That's when Officer Brent D. Lengthy was killed whereas serving an arrest warrant with a U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Job Power.
The 34-year-old Long worked for the department for six years. Officer Long was transported to Union Hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds.