INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTHI) – Indiana State Police Trooper Jarrod Lents was awarded a Purple Heart and a Combat Action Award in Indianapolis Wednesday for his heroic role in a Daviess County incident. Trooper Lents was struck by gunfire at least five times, in what investigators called a ‘botched robbery attempt.’ Lents later gave credit to his ballistic vest for saving his life.
On June 17, 2013, Trooper Lents responded to a disturbance call at Black Oak Armament in Montgomery, Indiana. When Lents arrived on scene, police say, he was confronted by a suspect with a handgun. Both Trooper Lents and the suspect exchanged fire, which led to the suspect’s death.
According to News 10 records, the suspect entered the gun shop in attempt to buy a firearm, but was denied by the shop owner. The owner claimed the suspect was acting suspicious, which led to an exchange of gunfire in the store.
Trooper Lents was taken to an Evansville Hospital following the altercation. Authorities called his injuries at the time non-life threatening.