New developments in Shelbyville police-action shooting

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SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (September 24, 2015) - The Shelby County Prosecutor's Office is working along with Indiana State Police detectives to make sure the investigation into a police-action shooting is thorough, proper and to see if a crime was committed.

At the scene Thursday, detectives and prosecutors are still trying to piece together clues as to what happened early Sunday morning.

“These are complex investigations. They take weeks, sometimes months to complete and that is no different in this investigation,” said Captain David Bursten with the Indiana State Police.

Shelby County Prosecutor, Brad Landwerlen along with the Indiana State Police which was brought in to conduct the investigation by the Shelbyville Police Department say this is a top priority.

“Whether it’s a police shooting or a homicide between two citizens any death investigation is important and we are going to bring all available resources to bear to have a complete through investigation,” said Captain Bursten.

Police says just before 5:30 a.m. Sunday, Jerrald Wright exited a door, fired two shots at a police tactical vehicle and pointed a hand gun at officers.

Four officers from Shelbyville Police and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department fired at Wright who was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Several neighbors in the area captured video and witnessed the shooting are concerned that the entire story is not being told.

Some neighbors say they did not hear Wright fire a gun in the moments before police shot him, or that they never saw him outside of the home just before the shooting.

Captain Bursten is encouraging the public to contact police if they have video or information about the incident.

“We just need a copy of it. We want to piece together what transpired to get to the truth of how everything developed and the circumstances of what happened.”

The autopsy report for Jerrald Wright could be back in a month.

When the investigation is completed, prosecutor Brad Landwerlen will review the case and also send it out to an independent prosecutor for review.

Funeral service for Jerrald Wright will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Normans Funeral Home in Hope.


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