Shelbyville police involved in fatal shooting; suicide a possible cause of death

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Police at scene on Feb. 15, 2017

Update (February 16, 2017) — The bullet that killed a Shelbyville man Tuesday night came from an officer, according to an autopsy report recently released by the coroner.

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. — Police in Shelbyville were involved in a fatal shooting incident about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Indiana State Police are investigating the incident.

It happened in the 1100 block of Fallway Court in Shelbyville, where local police had been called on a report of shots fired at a home. A Shelbyville officer was speaking with a family member in front of the house as two additional officers arrived and approached the rear of the home off of Premiere St.

As the two officers approached they saw Steven C. Oliger, 64, who was a resident of the home, on the back deck. Police said he was armed with a revolver. The two officers reportedly yelled out to the officer at the front of the house that there was an armed person on the back deck, at which time Oliger is reported to have fired a shot.

The officer at the front of the house then approached from the east side and fired a single shot from a .223 rifle in the direction of Oliger, police said. Oliger fell onto the deck of the home and was later pronounced dead at the scene from an apparent gunshot wound to his head, according to police.

Investigators said it’s unclear if the suspect was shot by police, or if the fatal wound was self-inflicted. State police detectives are looking into the possibility that Oliger’s wound to the head may have been self-inflicted from the revolver. No one else was hurt during the incident.

An autopsy is expected Wednesday to determine Oliger’s cause of death.