We are very thankful for positive outcomes from two unrelated incidents that occurred in our service area over the last 48 hours. Both could have ended v-e-r-y differently.
The first occurred just after 7:00 (Eastern) Wednesday evening after an Indiana State Trooper made a traffic stop in Jeffersonville. An altercation ensued and the trooper suffered a gunshot graze wound to his forehead. The trooper returned fire, striking the suspect, and then pursued the suspect until he was bought into custody.
The second incident occurred just after 7:30 (Central) this morning when two Bellafontaine Neighbors (Saint Louis suburb) police officers became involved in an altercation in which both were shot at least once in the chest. Fortunately, both were wearing ballistic vests and only suffered minor injuries. At last word, the suspect was still barricaded inside a residence.
Please keep these officers, their families and all the brave men and women of our public safety services in your thoughts and prayers.