ISP Release Information In Officer-Involved Shooting In Seymour

(SEYMOUR) — Indiana State Police provided an update Wednesday on their investigation into a deadly officer-involved shooting Sunday in Seymour.

According to an ISP news release, the incident began around 8:30 p.m. when two officers with the Seymour Police Department responded to a report of theft at the Walmart at 1600 East Tipton Street.

Officers arrived to find 43-year-old Jason S. Cline, of Beech Grove, near the Speedway gas station with a shopping cart that contained the suspected stolen property.

As the officers approached Cline, he abandoned the cart and fled running west and then north across Tipton Street. He then entered a deep ditch in front of the Taco Bell near Tipton Street at Burkhart Boulevard. 

According to ISP investigators, officers caught up to Cline and attempted to take him into custody, but he continued to resist the officers who were attempting to handcuff him. Cline then “produced a handgun and pointed it at the officers,” the ISP release states.

The handgun Cline possessed was found loaded at the scene. The gun had been reported stolen, according to investigators.

The officers then provided medical attention to Cline before he was taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, where he died from his injuries.

ISP says their investigation is ongoing.

Once the investigation is completed, the case will be presented to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

Seymour Police Chief Bryant Lucas said both officers were placed on administrative leave while the investigation is ongoing, per department protocol.