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Officer, Suspect Killed In Indiana Shootout

Officer, Suspect Killed In Indiana Shootout

Associated Press

July 12, 2011

TERRE HAUTE, Ind.— A man being served an arrest warrant opened fire on officers Monday, fatally wounding a Terre Haute police officer before being shot dead himself.

Officer Brent Long died a few hours after the shooting after being airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital, Assistant Police Chief Shawn Keen said at a news conference Monday night.

Long, a six-year police veteran, also was a member of the department’s SWAT team and leaves behind a family, Keen said without offering additional details.

“You won’t find a better officer anywhere,” Keen said.

The name of the dead gunman, who was believed to be in his 30s, wasn’t immediately released, pending notification of relatives, Indiana State Police Sgt. Joe Watts said.

Long and his dog, Shadow, were the first to enter the gunman’s home, ahead of five other officers as a team of state and local police and a deputy federal marshal served the man an arrest warrant for violating probation and receiving stolen property, Watts said. The gunman opened fire within seconds.

“Shots pretty much immediately rang out against the officers,” Watts said.

Medics treated Long at the scene before taking him to a Terre Haute hospital, where he received additional treatment before being airlifted to Indianapolis, Watts said.

The dog also was shot and was being treated, Watts said. No one else was injured, he said.

Other occupants of the home fled the home before the officers entered a rear door to the home, Watts said.

“We had no specific knowledge there would be weapons in the home,” Watts said.

It wasn’t clear how many shots were fired by the gunman or by officers or who fatally shot the gunman.

Watts noted the shooting occurred about 3:30 p.m.

“This goes to show you nothing is routine,” Watts said.

Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett said the western Indiana city was in mourning.

“This is a terrible loss,” Bennett said.


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    2386

    over 2 years ago

    248 Comments

    REST IN PEACE

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    graytp

    over 2 years ago

    4 Comments

    RIP

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    TacMedic4

    almost 3 years ago

    210 Comments

    RIP

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    Adrianazee

    almost 3 years ago

    6 Comments

    R.I.P. Brother my prayers to everyone affected by this terrible loss.

  • shadow_officer

    almost 3 years ago

    8564 Comments

    RIP

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    Madisyn77

    almost 3 years ago

    230 Comments

    Thank you for your service... RIP

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    kimber4155

    almost 3 years ago

    616 Comments

    RIP

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    lmeasel

    almost 3 years ago

    6 Comments

    My thoughts and prayers are with the THPD, Officer Long's family, and friends. Thank you Shadow for trying to protect him. Officer Long was a wonderful man and will truly be missed. RIP Brother.

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    Anonymous

    almost 3 years ago

    REST IN PEACE OUR BROTHER.

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    rmstone

    almost 3 years ago

    5122 Comments

    Rest In Peace Officer Brent Long.

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    Nick_Durr

    almost 3 years ago

    278 Comments

    Have not been able to reach my dad since it happened due to honor guard privileges. I knew Brent, and he was a great guy and officer. Glad to hear Ofc. Shadow is healing. Please continue to pray.

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    bsears

    almost 3 years ago

    9372 Comments

    RIP

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    philfroggy

    almost 3 years ago

    1564 Comments

    Rest in peace Brother

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    crowfeeder

    almost 3 years ago

    928 Comments

    RIP. Borthers be careful.

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    Anonymous

    almost 3 years ago

    Rest in Peace Brother Handler!!! Animo Et Fide!!!

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