Slain robber identified; trooper healing

Herald Staff Writer

MONTGOMERY — The armed man killed Monday afternoon by an Indiana State Police trooper during an armed robbery in progress at a Daviess County gun shop was 60-year-old James D. Jones of Shoals.


Trooper Jarrod Lents, who was wounded in an exchange of gunfire with Jones, was treated at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville and released to his family’s care, according to state police.

Lents, a nine-year veteran of the force assigned to the Jasper post, responded at 1:35 p.m. to the report of a disturbance at the Black Oak Armaments Gun Shop in Montgomery.

A preliminary investigation by the state police indicates the armed robbery was in progress and gunfire was exchanged between Lents and Jones.

Indications are Lents was struck multiple times, police said. Lents was transported by medical helicopter to the Vanderburgh County hospital for treatment.

Jones died at the scene.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing but state police went on record as saying their department does not take the loss of life lightly. “It is regrettable the actions of Mr. Jones resulted in his death,” state police spokesman Sgt. Curt Durnil said in a media release. “The Indiana State Police offers condolences to the extended Jones family for their loss.”

Durnil added the state police are thankful for the public’s many expressions of well wishes for Lents’ speedy recovery.

Upon learning Lents had been shot multiple times, Gov. Mike Pence issued a statement saying he was relieved to learn Lents’ injuries were not life-threatening. “Our prayers go out to him and I am reminded of the risks those who wear the uniform take every day and of their courageous service to the people of Indiana,” Pence said.

Lents was named the district’s Trooper of the Year in 2010.

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