PUTNAM COUNTY, Ind. – Indiana State police arrested a man accused of shooting a Cloverdale police officer who was investigating a theft from a store.
Detectives took Jeffery P. Hunter, 48, into custody Saturday afternoon after he was released from an Indianapolis hospital, where he’d been recovering after being shot by an officer.
Hunter is suspected of stealing a chainsaw from the Tractor Supply Store in Greencastle on Dec. 10, 2016. According to court documents, his credit card had been denied for the $370 purchase. Hunter dropped his wallet as he left the store.
Officers identified him as a suspect and followed his pickup truck to a home at 4449 East County Road 375 South in Greencastle.
Officers confronted Hunter at the front door; a brief struggle ensued as Hunter resisted arrest. Police said Hunter grabbed a shotgun near the door and fired, striking Cloverdale police officer Luke Brown in the chest. Brown returned fire, hitting Hunter in the stomach area.
Brown performed emergency medical aid on Hunter before paramedics arrived; Brown’s ballistic vest protected him.
Hunter faces preliminary charges of attempted murder, resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, battery and theft. He entered a not guilty plea on Dec. 19, and a cash bond was set at $100,000 His pretrial is set for Feb. 9.