(MEMPHIS) – Detectives from the Indiana State Police are investigating a police-involved shooting at a Memphis area truck stop that sent one man to the University of Louisville (UofL) Hospital where he later died.
The preliminary investigation reveals that around noon on Tuesday Officers from the Clark County Sheriff’s Department responded to the Love’s Truck Stop in Memphis at the request of the Charlestown Police Department (CPD). CPD was working a missing person case involving a male subject who was believed to be suicidal and in possession of a handgun. CPD had information that man was possibly at the Loves Truck Stop and requested Clark County Deputies to assist by checking that location. When Clark County Deputies arrived, they located the man, now identified as Stephen E. Fischer, 62, Charlestown, Indiana, armed with a handgun near his vehicle. They also witnessed Fischer fire his pistol into the pavement of the parking lot.
Officers on scene attempted using less-than-lethal options; however, they were unsuccessful, and at one point in the encounter, at least one officer fired upon and struck Fischer. Officers immediately rendered first-aid, and he was rushed to UofL Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.
This investigation is ongoing. Indiana State Police detectives are investigating the shooting with assistance from the Charlestown Police Department, The Clark County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana Conservation Officers, and the Sellersburg Police Department.
Due to the location where the shooting occurred, State Police Detectives request anyone with information or possible video recording of the incident to contact Detective Matt Busick at 812-248-4375.