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Brother of Delaware County sheriff fatally shot during standoff with Muncie police

Suspect pointed 'what appeared to be firearm' at officers, police say
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Posted at 8:29 AM, Aug 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-25 14:32:17-04

MUNCIE — The brother of the Delaware County sheriff was shot and killed by Munice police during a standoff, according to state police.

Richard Skinner, 45, the brother of Sheriff Tony Skinner, died after Muncie police shot him during a standoff early Thursday after he appeared to point a gun at officers, police say.

Police encountered Richard as they responded to a call for a domestic situation at a home on the city's north side, according to Indiana State Police.

Officers responded about 1 a.m. to the 1500 block of East Andover Avenue after receiving a call for a domestic disturbance. It was there they found Richard inside the home and attempted to negotiate with him, ISP said. A SWAT team arrived in the meantime.

At some point during the encounter, officers heard gunshots inside the home and then saw Richard in the window of the home and "allegedly pointed what appeared to be a firearm at officers," according to ISP.

Officers then fired their rifles "at least once," striking him.

He was given medical treatment but later pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was injured.

State police have not disclosed the names of the officers involved in the shooting.

ISP is leading an investigation, which is standard procedure with shootings involving police officers.

"This is an active investigation by the Indiana State Police, and once completed, will be turned over to the Delaware County Prosecutor for review and determination of charges, if any, to be filed," ISP said.

WRTV Senior Digital Content Producer Andrew Smith contributed to this report.