The Indiana State Police is investigating a police action shooting in which a Berne, IN, man was shot and injured.
Preliminary investigation by Indiana State Police Detective Mark Heffelfinger revealed that at approximately 9:48 p.m. last night, officers from the Indiana State Police, the Decatur Police Department, and the Adams County Sheriff’s Department responded to a reported man with a handgun at 122 South Third Street in downtown Decatur. An officer from the Decatur Police Department was the first to arrive on scene. He found Jerry L. Nusbaum, 67, Berne, IN, purportedly waving a handgun and speaking in an erratic manner. The officer tried to convince Nusbaum to surrender the gun. As the conversation continued Nusbaum allegedly became more agitated. While the Decatur officer was speaking with Nusbaum, back up officers arrived to assist.
Approximately ten minutes after the first officer arrived on scene, Nusbaum allegedly raised his gun towards police officers. An Indiana State Police officer fired one shot from his department issued .223 caliber rifle, striking Nusbaum in the right arm and upper chest.
Nusbaum was transported by ambulance to the Adams County Memorial Hospital. He was then flown by Samaritan Helicopter to Parkview Hospital in Ft. Wayne, IN. He is listed in critical condition. No one else was injured during the confrontation and no other officers fired their weapons.
The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative support duties. This is standard operating procedure for Indiana State Police employees involved in a police action shooting incidents.
When Detective Heffelfinger completes his investigation all information will be forwarded to the Adams County Prosecutor’s Office
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