Terre Haute Officer Involved Shooting Under Investigation

Vigo County— Indiana State Police Detectives from the Putnamville Post are currently investigating an officer-involved shooting in the city of Terre Haute that has left one suspect deceased.

A preliminary investigation revealed at approximately 10:30 last night, a West Terre Haute Officer attempted to stop a white 2018 Chevy Colorado for failing to stop at a red light. The officer activated his lights and siren while behind the vehicle, however, the vehicle failed to stop. A Terre Haute Police Officer heard the radio traffic and assisted with the pursuit. The vehicle eventually pulled into a parking lot near 10 1/2 Street and Wabash Avenue. The suspect exited the vehicle with a handgun visible to the officers. Several commands were given to the suspect to drop his handgun, however, suspect ignored the commands. The suspect raised the handgun and began firing at the officers. The officers returned fire, striking the suspect multiple times. The suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene by a Deputy Coroner with the Vigo County Coroner’s office.

As the preliminary investigation continued, information was developed that the suspect had recently expressed thoughts of suicide.

An autopsy was performed at 10:00 o’clock today, December 19, by pathologist Dr. Deli Adeagbo at Terre Haute Regional Hospital. Preliminary autopsy results indicate the cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds. The family has been notified.

The Vigo County Coroner’s Office has authorized the release of the deceased, who has been identified as 24-year-old David Frederick of Vincennes, IN.

The names of the officers involved will be released within the week. Both officers have been placed on administrative leave, which is customary in officer-involved shootings.

The case was investigated by ISP Detective Don Curtis. Assisting officers were ISP Detectives Lieutenant Jeff Hearon, First Sergeant Jason Fajt, Sergeant Sam Stearley, Detective Jason Schoffstall, Trooper David Petrowski, Trooper Courtland Woodruff, and ISP Crime Scene Investigator Sergeant Brandon Mullen. Also assisting were Vigo County Prosecutor’s Office and Vigo County Coroner’s Office.

Once the ISP investigation is complete, the report will be submitted to the Vigo County Prosecutor’s Office for a full review.

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