Officers in fatal shooting were police chief, assistant

By The Associated Press

BROWNSTOWN — Indiana State Police have identified the two officers who fatally shot a man outside a southern Indiana police department as the city’s police chief and assistant police chief.

Sgt. Stephen Wheeles said Thursday that Brownstown Police Chief Tom Hanner and Assistant Chief Joe Kelly have been placed on administrative leave per department protocol.

Wheeles says 53-year-old Barry Rucker of Brownstown was fatally shot Thursday morning after producing a handgun while resisting arrest during a domestic dispute outside the police department.

Hanner has been the Brownstown police chief for seven years and previously served with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. Kelly is a 12-year law enforcement veteran and previously served with the Indiana Capital Police before being hired in Brownstown, located about 70 miles (112 kilometers) south of Indianapolis.




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