ISP leads investigation in Bicknell murder suicide case

WTHI Photo, Eric Stidman
WTHI Photo, Eric Stidman

BICKNELL, Ind. (WTHI) – Two men died in a shooting incident Thursday in Knox County in what Indiana State Police called a murder suicide. The incident started in Bicknell, and the alleged shooter claimed his life during a traffic stop near Vincennes.

Indiana State Police Public Information Officer Todd Ringle stated the incident began in a neighborhood on Durbin Street in Bicknell.

“Well what we know is about 2 this morning Russell was in this area and he saw Godare walking towards him, we also know that there was some type of a conflict between the two individuals,” said Ringle. Police responded to a home at 707 Durbin in Bicknell. That’s where police located the body of Paul Russell, 30, of Bruceville.

“Knox County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call, and then after that call obviously Bicknell police, Sheriff’s Department, [Indiana] State Police responded,” said Ringle.

Witnesses at the scene told police the alleged shooter, Todd Godare, 48 of Bicknell, had left the area in his 1999 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck. Police say its unclear where Godare went, but Vincennes Police officers located Godare about two hours later.

“We really don’t know where he went for the next two hours, but about 4 a Vincennes city officer spotted his vehicle, he attempted to make a traffic stop, but Godare was not stopping, he really wasn’t trying to get away, he wasn’t speeding, but he wasn’t stopping,” said Ringle.

When officers stopped Godare, police say, he fatally shot himself.

“We also believe Godare used a .22 caliber revolver to shoot and kill Russell, we also believe he used that same weapon to take his own life,” said Ringle.

Ringle pointed out a motive for the crime was under investigation but wasn’t available for public release.

“At this point we have any idea why this occurred but really we’re not prepared or ready to discuss that,” said Ringle.

News 10 checked into the criminal backgrounds of both men; both men had lengthy records spanning more than a decade. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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