Police: Subject in officer-involved shooting drew revolver

From Local Sources

COE — According to Indiana State Police detectives, the subject killed in an officer-involved shooting Sunday afternoon at a Pike County residence drew a revolver in front of police.

According to detectives, Michael Faries, 69, of 7858 S. Meridian Road, Oakland City, called 911 stating he and his wife were starving and someone was shooting at them.

Petersburg Police Officer Kyle Mills and Pike County Sheriff’s Deputy Paul Collier responded and arrived at the residence around 2:14 p.m. Officers initially made contact with Faries’ wife at the front door and informed her they had to check on Faries' well-being since he called 911. While at the front door, Collier could see Faries inside the residence and noticed he had his right hand in his pocket. Faries was also agitated and yelling.

Collier continued to talk to Faries in an attempt to calm him down. Faries eventually agreed to come outside to continue to talk to the officers. Collier then noticed a bulge in Faries’ right pocket. Collier stepped just inside the residence and gave several loud verbal commands instructing Faries to take his hand out of his pocket. At this point, Faries drew a revolver out of his right pocket. Collier discharged his service weapon, striking Faries two times.

An ambulance was requested and both officers initiated CPR, but Faries succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The handgun Faries drew from his pocket was a loaded .38 caliber revolver.

Collier is a five-year veteran of the Pike County Sheriff’s Office. Cpl. Mills is a nine-year veteran of the Petersburg Police Department.

An autopsy conducted on May 4 revealed Faries died from gunshot wounds. Toxicology results are pending.

This is an ongoing investigation. When the investigation is complete it will be turned over to the Pike County Prosecutor’s Office for review, which is standard practice when a police officer is involved in a police action shooting.

Investigating officers include Det. Wes Kuykendall, Det. Sgt. Brad Chandler and Det. 1st Sgt. Trevor Helmer, all with the Indiana State Police

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