Suspect dead after police action shooting in Shelbyville, police continue to investigate


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SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (September 20, 2015) — The Indiana State Police is continuing to investigate a police action shooting in Shelbyville that left one man dead.

Authorities responded to a dispute call on the 800 block of West Washington Street just before 8:30 Saturday evening where they encountered a man standing on a porch waving a gun in a reckless manner. The man fled into the residence and ignored officers’ requests to surrender. At one point,  officers sent a remote control robot into the home that allows them to speak and listen to suspects. The suspect shot the robot twice, disabling it. The standoff lasted throughout the night, without any response from the suspect.

Just before 5:30 a.m. Sunday, the suspect exited the home and fired two shots at a Shelbyville Police tactical vehicle, then pointed the gun at officers. That’s when officers from the Shelbyville Police Department and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department shot the suspect. He was taken to Major Hospital in Shelbyville and pronounced dead.

The man was later identified as Jerrald Wright, 56, of Shelbyville.

The investigation in the shooting is ongoing and is expected to last several weeks.

ISP investigators are asking anyone with video, photos, or any other information pertaining to the scene or the investigation to please contact Detective Jerry Gentry at (317) 899-8277.

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