(BROWNSTOWN) – Indiana State Police say 53-year-old Barry Rucker of Brownstown was shot and killed during an incident this morning outside the Brownstown Police Department.
ISP Sgt. Stephen Wheeles says Rucker was shot by a police officer whose name has not been released.
Officers responded to the scene outside the police station at Poplar and Walnut streets after a report of a domestic fight between a male and a female.
Two Brownstown police officers intervened and tried to take Rucker into custody. He resisted their attempts to arrest him, Wheeles says, and drew a small handgun.
“There was some kind of disturbance outside of the police department that these officers needed to deal with,” Wheeles said. “When they were dealing with that situation, that’s when it escalated into a situation in which the officers felt threatened and felt like they needed to defend themselves.”
Officers provided first aid and an ambulance quickly arrived and took Rucker to an area hospital, where he later died.
An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.
Wheeles says the officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave which is standard procedure.
No officers were injured during the incident.
Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting outside of the Brownstown Police Department on South Poplar Street.
The shooting happened around 8:15 a.m.
Jackson County Coroner Michael Bobb said the individual who was shot has died.
“The public should not be worried,” Indiana State Police Sgt. Stephen Wheeles says. “All officers are okay. The person shot was transported to the hospital.”
Wheeles says this is an isolated incident and no other details will be released at this time.
Police put Brownstown schools on lockdown as a precautionary measure, according to a Remind message from Brownstown Central High School Principal Joe Sheffer.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.