Prosecutor: Officers justified for firing during shootout

By The Associated Press

TERRE HAUTE — Two western Indiana police officers won’t face criminal charges for firing on a man who died after authorities say he fatally shot a Terre Haute police officer.

Vigo County Prosecutor Terry Modesitt said Tuesday the officers were justified when they opened fire during a May 4 shootout that killed Officer Rob Pitts.

Modesitt says Terre Haute Police Officers J.T. Pearce and Brian Bourbeau were exercising self-defense when they open fire in response to gunshots fired by 21-year-old Christopher Wolfe, who police say fatally shot Pitts.

The Tribune-Star reports Wolfe died at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Modesitt says an additional injury to Wolfe’s head suggests he may have been grazed by a gunshot or injured by a bullet fragment during the exchange of gunfire.

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