HARMONY, Ind. (WTHI) – One person is dead after an officer involved shooting at Pines Apartments in Harmony, a small town in Clay County.
Lisa Kruse, who lives in a house next to the complex, recalls waking up to sirens.
“It’s kind of scary. You move to a small town to be protected and then you find out something big is happening,” said Kruse.
It was around 9 a.m. on Saturday when a 911 call came in from 1790 East Voorhees Street.
Police received a call from the man asking them to come shoot him.
“The call came in that a person was wanting to commit harm to himself so we sent two deputies over,” said Sheriff Paul Harden, with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies arrived to find 60 year old, Gary Page waving a gun.
“They were attempting to make contact with him, shots were fired, and the results were Mr. Page went down,” said Sheriff Harden.
Officers performed first aid until the ambulance arrived.
Page was taken to St. Vincent Clay Hospital where he died.
The Van Buren Fire Department and Indiana State Police were called to the scene. The fire department assisted in blocking the road to the complex, while Indiana State Police began their investigation by interviewing witnesses.
“Any time there’s a death as a result of a police action shooting there’s lots of things to be taken into consideration,” said Sgt. Curt Durnil, with Indiana State Police.
“We were extremely careful to protect the scene for its integrity. We want to make sure that the right decisions come out,” said Harden.
The entrance of the complex remained blocked for most of the afternoon.
No one else was injured in the shooting, but Kruse is just one neighbor who’s still in shock and worried about the safety of her son.
“It’s extremely frightening as a mother that something could happen to him in his own yard,” said Kruse.
The investigation is ongoing.
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