RUSHVILLE, Ind. — Police officers in Rushville shot and killed a shooting suspect who pulled a gun on them Tuesday morning, according to Indiana State Police.
At around 11:30 p.m. Monday, Henry County 911 received calls about a shooting at a home at 2411 S. Kennard Road in Kennard, Ind.
Police learned the homeowner, 65-year-old Ivan Flowers, woke up to someone knocking at his front door. When he opened the door, he was shot and killed by a man who then ran away.
Police identified 34-year-old Benjamin Petry as a suspect in the shooting. Early Tuesday morning, Rushville police found Petry driving south on State Road 3 in northern Rush County.
Officers followed the vehicle as it turned into the Speedway gas station on N. Main Street in Rushville. Petry got out of the vehicle and went inside the convenience store.
A short time later, Petry left the store and was met by two Rushville police officers. The officers began giving him loud verbal commands.
Petry ignored the commands and reached for a holster, drew a handgun, and pointed it at the officers, police said.
Two officers fired their guns, hitting Petry.
Officers gave first aid to Petry until medics arrived and took over. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Both officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave.
Indiana State Police are investigating both shootings.
State Police said the motive for the fatal shooting of Ivan Flowers is unknown, but detectives have determined that he and Petry were acquaintances. Investigators do not believe the shooting was random.
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