2016-12-13 / Front Page

Cloverdale officer recovering after gunfire exchange with suspect

Staff Report

A Cloverdale police officer and a theft suspect are recovering in separate hospitals following an exchange of gunfire on Saturday afternoon, at a residence located between Cloverdale and Greencastle.

According to an Indiana State Police press release, detectives with the ISP Putnamville Post’s Criminal Investigation Division continue to investigate the police action shooting.

Just after 4 p.m. Saturday, Cloverdale Police, Greencastle Police and the Putnam County Sheriff ’s Department were in the midst of a follow-up investigation of an earlier retail store theft in Greencastle. The theft had reportedly occurred moments before officers received a tip of the suspect’s location.

Information led officers to a home at 4449 East County Road 375 South, Greencastle, the home of alleged suspect 48-year-old Jeffrey R. Hunter.

Upon arrival at the home, Hunter confronted officers at his front door, discharging a single shotgun round and striking Cloverdale officer Luke Brown in the chest. Brown was wearing a ballistic proof vest and despite his injuries, returned fire and struck Hunter in the torso. Brown administered first aid to Hunter until Putnam County Operation Life paramedics arrived on scene.

Hunter was airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital, where he remained hospitalized for treatment of a gunshot wound to the torso (according to information available as of press time Monday).

Officer Brown, 27, is a two-year veteran of the CPD and was undergoing treatment of non-lift threatening injuries at Terre Haute Regional Hospital.

ISP Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators are currently gathering evidence, along with the Putnam County Sheriff ’s Office.

Potential criminal charges against Hunter will be reviewed by Putnam County Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter and that information will be released when it becomes available.

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