Bullet proof vest saves officer in police action shooting in Putnam County

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Officer Luke Brown

UPDATE:  The ISP investigation is continuing into the police action shooting at approximately 4:07 this afternoon at 4449 East CR 375 S near Greencastle.

The suspect, Jeffrey P. Hunter remains hospitalized in an Indianapolis hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to the torso.

The Cloverdale police officer involved in the shooting has been identified as 27-year-old Luke Brown, a two-year veteran of the Cloverdale Police Department. He underwent treatment for minor injuries at Terre Haute hospital and was released late Saturday night. Brown was wearing a ballistic vest at the time that undoubtedly saved his life. After the exchange of gunfire and while wounded, Officer Brown performed medical treatment on the suspect until arrival of Putnam County Operation Life paramedics.

PUTNAM COUNTY, Ind. — Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division at the Putnamville Post are currently investigating a police action shooting at 4449 East County Road 375 South near Greencastle. The incident left a Cloverdale Police Officer and a suspect wounded.

Shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon, officers from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Greencastle Police Department, and the Cloverdale Police Department were following up on investigative information from an earlier Greencastle retail store theft. The information had led them to the CR 375 S residence. Upon arriving at the residence, officers were confronted near the front door by a male who suddenly discharged a shotgun round toward the officers striking a Cloverdale police officer in the chest. The same officer returned fire striking the suspect in the torso.

The retail store theft had occurred moments before the confrontation.

The 48-year-old alleged suspect has been identified as Jeffrey R. Hunter of the address. Hunter was airlifted to St. Vincent Hospital for treatment. His family has been notified.

The 27-year-old Cloverdale officer was taken to a Terre Haute hospital and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. The officer was wearing a ballistic proof vest at the time. His name will be released at a later date.

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