Names released in Knox Co. murder – suicide

WTHI Photo, Eric Stidman
WTHI Photo, Eric Stidman

KNOX COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – UPDATE 10AM: The identities of the two men involved in the early morning Knox County murder – suicide have been released.

Around 2 a.m. Wednesday multiple agencies responded to 707 Durbin Street in Bicknell. Officials report Paul Ryan Russell, 33 of Bruceville, was standing near Durbin and Cherry Streets in Bicknell when he noticed Todd Godare, 48 of Bicknell, walking towards him.

A report states Russell then ran into a nearby residence and retrieved a baseball bat.

During an argument officials are reporting Godare shot and killed Russell and then left the scene driving his 1999 Chevrolet pick-up truck. Around 4 a.m. Vincennes City Police Officers spotted the truck near McDowell and Washington Avenue.

Officials attempted to stop the vehicle but were unsuccessful. Just a few minutes later Godare stopped near State Road 61 near Kimmell Road and took his own life with a handgun.

According to Knox County Coroner Gordon Becher, both autopsies are scheduled for tomorrow morning. 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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