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Passenger shot by Terre Haute police after scuffle during traffic stop

Posted at 6:52 AM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 11:47:45-05

TERRE HAUTE — Indiana State Police are investigating after two Terre Haute police officers shot a passenger during a scuffle following a traffic stop early Friday.

According to a report from Indiana State Police, Terre Haute police Chief Shawn Keen requested state police to investigate following the incident that happened at approximately 12 a.m. Friday in the 6700 block of Wabash Avenue in Terre Haute.

State police said Terre Haute police were conducting a traffic stop and shortly after making contact with the driver and a passenger assistance was requested by the first officer and additional officers responded to the scene. Troopers said a physical altercation ensued with the passenger. During the scuffle, the subject "brandished a firearm." State police said two Terre Haute officers then fired at the passenger, striking the individual.

Medical assistance was provided at the scene and the individual, who has been identified as Jeremy R. Ross, 37, of Terre Haute, was transported to Terre Haute Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. One Terre Haute officer was also taken to the hospital, where he was treated and released.

State police said all Terre Haute officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave, which is customary in police-involved shootings. The officers have been identified as Sgt. Adam Loudermilk, a 15-year veteran of the department, and Patrol Officer Daniel L. Johnson, a 3-year veteran.

The incident remains under investigation by the Indiana State Police.