1 dead in Pike officer-involved shooting

From Local Sources

COE — Indiana State Police are investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred Sunday in Pike County.

Pike County 911 received a call at 2:07 p.m. from Michael Faries, 69, of 7858 S. Meridian Road, Oakland City. Faries reported he and his wife were starving, someone was shooting at them and he wanted the police to respond, according to state police. The site is in Pike County with an Oakland City mailing address.

A Pike County Sheriff’s Office deputy and a Petersburg Police Department officer responded to the residence south of the Arthur Junction. They were greeted by Faries’ wife, who initially refused to let them enter the residence, police said.

Officers instructed her that since Faries contacted 911 they had to check on his well-being. Within seconds after officers entered the residence, police said, a Pike County deputy discharged his firearm and struck Faries.

Police say officers administered CPR until EMS arrived but Faries was pronounced dead at the scene by the Pike County Coroner’s Office.

A handgun was recovered at the scene. Detectives were not able to substantiate any information concerning someone shooting at the couple prior to police arriving, state police said.

State police said the identity of the officers involved in this incident will be released later this week.




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