Indiana police officers shot, airlifted to hospital after suspect flees traffic stop

A Lawrence County sheriff’s deputy and a Mitchell police officer were shot and taken to the hospital Sunday morning after a suspect fled a traffic stop.

The violence happened around 3:15 a.m. in Mitchell, Indiana. A sheriff’s deputy pulled over a vehicle in the 4800 block of SR 37 for a traffic violation. Indiana State Police said. A second sheriff’s deputy, his K9 partner, and a Mitchell police officer arrived at the scene to assist.

A K9 alerted officers to the presence of drugs in the vehicle, which officers found after a search, state police said. Officers attempted to arrest the suspect who fled on foot, running westbound across SR 37 into a grassy area.

Officers apprehended the suspect, but he resisted arrest, state police said. A struggle ensued, and the suspect produced a handgun and fired at the officers. Two officers were killed and at least one of them managed to return fire, wounding the suspect.

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The injured officers were taken by ambulance to a local hospital before being airlifted to a hospital in Indianapolis. The suspect was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, state police said.

Both officers suffered fatal gunshot wounds, state police said. They were later identified Sunday as Joshua Rhodes, a five-year veteran of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, and Christian Anderson, a three-year veteran of the Mitchell Police Department.

The driver was pulled over in Mitchell, Indiana, near Indianapolis.

The driver was pulled over in Mitchell, Indiana, near Indianapolis.
(Fox News)

Anderson remains hospitalized in stable condition. Rhodes was released from the hospital later Sunday, state police said.

State police identified the suspect as Anthony Richmond, 29, of West Baden Springs, Indiana. He received emergency medical treatment from officers at the scene before being loaded into an ambulance.

State police said the officers involved were equipped with body cameras and the footage is being reviewed by detectives.

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