MUNCIE, Ind. (April 15, 2016) -- Muncie police say a man died Friday evening after a police action shooting in a field.
The officer involved was dispatched to the 4200 block of East Jackson Street around 7:40 p.m. on a report of a threat. Police would not elaborate on the nature of the threat.
Police say an altercation between the officer and Storm Allen Smith, 26, occurred. A foot pursuit and a struggle ensued between the two, then police say the officer shot Smith.
During a press conference Friday evening, Muncie Police Chief Steve Stewart said the officer is a two year veteran of the police department. His name is not being released right now. It's unclear how many times he was shot.
The officer involved in the shooting was sent to the emergency room, but he is expected to be okay. It's not clear how the officer was injured. The officer will be placed on administrative leave during an investigation. The police department will hand over their findings to the Delaware County Prosecutors Office.
Stewart would not comment Friday night on if Smith was carrying a weapon. Stewart did say the officer was carrying a stun gun but is unsure if it was deployed before the shooting. The officer was wearing a body camera, but Stewart said the video will not be released during the investigation.
The deadly shooting is the third in Muncie this week. The first murder of the year happened Sunday. And two men were shot Thursday evening after police say an ongoing feud turned deadly.
“It’s been very taxing. Myself and everybody else at this police department is maxed out right now, but that’s what we do to protect this community. That’s what we do 24/7," Stewart said.