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BROWNSTOWN, Ind.--A man was shot and killed outside the Brownstown Police Department by two police officers this morning. He and a woman were having a fight and he pulled a gun when two officers tried to arrest him, said Sgt. Stephen Wheeless, with Indiana State Police.

“It was at some point during that (fight), that they felt the need that the male needed to be taken into custody. The male did not comply to the officers orders,” said Wheeless, in a Wednesday afternoon press conference. “The male produced a small handgun…had that in his hand.”


Wheeless said that’s when the two officers fired their guns.

Barry Rucker, 53, was taken to a hospital in Seymour after officers attempted to save his life in front of the police station. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The two officers who shot Rucker have not been identified. Wheeless said that’s so they can inform their families they were involved in the incident. They are on administrative leave.

Indiana State Police are investigating the shooting.

PHOTO: Indiana State Police Sgt. Stephen Wheeless