(SALEM) – Indiana State Police Public Information Officer Carey Huls has confirmed that a Salem Police officer was involved in a shooting that left one suspect dead near the Washington County Fairgrounds.
No officers were injured in the shooting.
The shooting happened around 2 p.m. near the creek at the back of the fairgrounds.
Salem police officers were called to the fairgrounds after a report of a person messing with the equipment around the pit area of Thunder Valley Raceway. When officers arrived they found the man near a creek on fairground property.
A male was fatally shot by at least one officer from the Salem Police Department, said ISP Sgt. Carey Huls.
“When officers arrived, they did not initially locate the male. They did find him along the creek. At some point, there was an altercation and the officer did feel the need to fear for his life. The male was shot and pronounced dead at the scene by the Washington County coroner,” said Huls.
Sgt. Huls has not said what lead up to the shooting.
The officer, who has not been named, has been placed on paid administrative leave as Indiana State Police investigates the incident.
Salem officers do wear body cameras and that footage is being reviewed.