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ISP investigating deadly officer-involved shooting in Anderson

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Posted at 8:39 AM, Jun 02, 2024

INDIANAPOLIs — Indiana State Police are investigating a deadly officer-involved shooting in Anderson Saturday night.

Police said the incident occurred outside a residence at 1609 Fairview Street.

According to preliminary information from police, just after 9 p.m. Madison County deputies were attempting to serve an arrest warrant at the request of the Marion County Sheriff's Department.

When officers arrived, they encountered the male in the driver's seat of a white Chevrolet Impala parked in the driveway.

According to Indiana State Police, the officers gave multiple verbal commands for the man to show his hands and exit the vehicle but the individual refused to comply with the officer's commands.

Police said at some point during the encounter a shooting occurred, and the male was shot. The investigation determined one officer fired from his department-issued weapon.

According to police, officers at the scene immediately began life-saving measures.

A few moments later, medical personnel determined the man was deceased.

The Madison County Coroner identified the man as Lataurus Ladon Harrison, 44, of Indianapolis.

No officers sustained any injuries during the encounter, ISP said.

"During the forensic processing of the vehicle, Crime Scene Investigators located a firearm within reach of the subject on the front passenger seat," ISP said in a press release.

Investigators are reviewing body-worn camera footage from officers on the scene.

On June 11, the Madison County Prosecutor's Office announced the shooting was legally justified under law.

Their statement:

“During a warrant service on June 1, 2024, deputies of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department were confronted by a Serious Violent Felon who had escaped from home detention in Marion County and was wanted on a felony arrest warrant. Deputies gave twenty-six (26) loud, verbal commands for Harrison to show his hands, not to reach for his pocket, to unlock the vehicle, and to exit the vehicle. Harrison disobeyed these lawful commands, refused to exit the vehicle, drew a handgun from his pocket, and raised that handgun toward deputies. Under any reasonable application of the law to these facts, law enforcement was justified in using deadly force as self-defense and the defense of others. Deputy Brizendine’s actions that day likely saved his life and/or the lives of Sgt. Burkhardt and Deputy Stephens. Therefore, no criminal charges are warranted for the use of deadly force.

Had Harrison survived the shooting, criminal charges would be appropriate for: Escape, a Level 6 felony; Resisting Law Enforcement, a Level 6 felony; Pointing a Firearm, a Level 6 felony; and Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon, a Level 4 felony. Indiana law also provides for the Use of a Firearm Enhancement, a sentencing enhancement of an additional 5-20 years for pointing a firearm at another person who the person knew, or reasonably should have known, was a law enforcement officer."