ISP Trooper presented Purple Heart, Combat Action Award for role in Daviess Co. incident

Photo provided by Indiana State Police
Photo provided by Indiana State Police

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. 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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