CENTERVILLE, Ind.–A police officer in Wayne County shot a woman Sunday night. They say she “pointed a weapon” at officers during an investigation.
Police say they got several calls about a woman threatening to commit suicide in Centerville at about 6:30 pm Sunday. An officer from the Centerville Police Department responded along with a deputy from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department.
Investigators say the woman was sitting on the front porch of a home and starting yelling at the officer once he arrived. That officer tried to check on the woman when he realized she was holding a weapon, which caused the officer to take cover behind his police car and tell the woman to drop the weapon. At one point during the exchange, the woman went back inside the home. She later came back outside.
“When she came back outside, she once again pointed the weapon at the Centerville officer and a Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy who had arrived on scene. The deputy then fired one round from his department issued rifle, striking the woman,” said state police in a news release.
Both officers immediately provided medical attention until emergency responders showed up. The woman survived and was transported to a hospital.
Per the policy of both departments, both officers have been put on paid administrative leave.
State police are investigating.