Another officer-involved shooting has taken place, just nine days after Lucas Anderson was shot by a Crawfordsville police officer during a domestic dispute call.
According to police, the incident began on Lebanon Road after officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop and Joshua Brown, 41, of Crawfordsville. led them on a short chase. The chase ended near Banjo Road, where police say they issued commands which were not followed by Brown. Brown then reportedly brandished a weapon at the officers, prompting them to fire, striking the suspect at least once.
Brown was initially transported to Franciscan Health Crawfordsville before being transferred to St. Vincent Hospital Indianapolis with unknown injuries. Unconfirmed reports from ISP say that Brown was transferred to jail.
According to State Police, Crawfordsville Police have requested their assistance in investigating the shooting, and at this time no further information is being released.
A press release from ISP states, “If anyone has information about the shooting, they can call the Indiana State Police Post in Lafayette at (765) 567-2125 and ask for Trooper Detective AJ Smith. Your information can remain anonymous.”
This is the fifth officer-involved shooting in Montgomery County since September 2018.
Last week, on May 22, Lucas Anderson was shot by a Crawfordsville police officer during a domestic dispute call. He allegedly walked out of the house brandishing a weapon at officers. His injuries were non-life threatening and he was treated and then transported to Montgomery County Jail on charges of domestic battery and strangulation.
On April 3, Matthew Olsen opened fire on a Montgomery County SWAT team serving a felony warrant at his home. Officers returned fire, striking Olsen, after which he was taken to Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis with serious injuries.
On Dec. 28, Glenn Rightsell was shot by Indiana State Police trooper Daniel Organ on U.S. 231 while working on his daughter’s stalled SUV. He later died of his wounds at Franciscan Health Crawfordsville. His widow, Gloria Rightsell, has begun the process of filing suit against the state and Franciscan Health.
On Sept. 23, 2018, a drunk and disorderly man allegedly brandished a weapon at officers and bystanders at his home. The incident arose after his family called the police. A Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy fired at the man in response. He was taken to Franciscan Health before being airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis with serious injuries.