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Good Samaritan Shoots, Kills Suspect Attacking Indiana Conservation Officer

A Good Samaritan came to the aid of an Indiana conservation officer fighting with a suspect on Monday, shooting and killing the suspect.

The incident occurred just after noon when the officer confronted a suspicious person in the town of Rising Sun, Indiana.

Shortly thereafter, a struggle broke out between the officer and suspect.

A Good Samaritan, only identified as a female from a nearby home, observed the incident and confronted the suspect, identified as Justin Holland, 32.

At some point, the bystander fired a single shot at Holland, mortally wounding him.

The officer was said to have suffered non-life threatening injuries. 

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Indiana K9 Shot and Wounded During Pursuit, Suspect Killed

K9 Blade;  Photo: Lake County K9 Association Facebook

K9 Blade; Photo: Lake County K9 Association Facebook

An Indiana police K9 is recovering after being shot during a foot pursuit last Wednesday.

A Lake County police officer along with his K9 partner, Blade, were in pursuit of an individual who had run from a vehicle stop in the city of Gary.

At one point during the pursuit the suspect, identified as Marquis Thomas, 18, opened fire on the officer and K9, striking Blade.

The officer returned fire, striking the suspect. The suspect was taken to a local hospital for treatment but died from his injuries.

Blade was taken to a veterinarian with a broken jaw. He underwent surgery to remove bullet fragments from his neck and jaw and is said to be "very stable."

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Indiana Cop Throws 7-Year Old Surprise Birthday Party

Photo: via fox59 and foxnews.com

Photo: via fox59 and foxnews.com

After a young Indiana boy received no RSVP's for his police-themed 7th birthday party, a local police officer stepped up and made sure the boy had the birthday of his life.

Officer Jeremy Elliott of the Prince's Lakes (IN) Police Department got word that there weren't going to be any attendees to Westyn Ziegler's birthday party so he made a few phone calls and arranged to surprise Westyn with a much larger party than expected.

Officer Elliott picked up the surprised boy in his patrol car and took him to the Town Hall, where officers were waiting to celebrate with pizza, cake, and surprises.

Officer Elliott said that he felt it was important to be involved with the community and not just seen as enforcers of the law.

Westyn's mom said, "It's just beyond me to see all these police officers that my son loves, to celebrate him and celebrate with him."

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Indiana Lawmaker Seeks to Make Threatening Police a Felony

A Indiana State Representative has made known her intentions to introduce a bill during next year's legislative session that will make threatening any specific police agency or public safety personnel a felony.

Rep. Wendy McNamara said that her bill is meant to show support for Indiana's law enforcement community.

Saying she couldn't "sit on the sidelines" while police officers throughout the nation were attacked, Rep. McNamara added, "I'm not naive enough to believe that merely having these on the books will deter those who wish to do our police officers harm from doing so, but it will give our prosecutors tools to deal with the very real situations of criminal gang activity and threats made to our officers."

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Benefit Hockey Game To Be Held For Seriously Injured Fort Wayne, IN Officer

Officer Boyce Ballinger;  Photo: via wane.com

Officer Boyce Ballinger; Photo: via wane.com

A veteran Fort Wayne, IN police officer seriously injured over the weekend is getting better, his girlfriend says, but still has a long road to recovery ahead of him.

Officer Boyce Ballinger was among several officers who responded to a violent domestic disturbance on Saturday where two individuals were reportedly stabbed. Once they arrived, the suspect allegedly locked himself in a room and started a house fire.

After officers rescued other people in the home they prepared to enter the burning room where the suspect was located, not knowing if he held any hostages.

"They kicked the door in, went inside, they were able to Tase this individual and pull him out, but in the process, you know, they were all exposed to smoke inhalation and officer Ballinger most seriously," said Rusty York, Fort Wayne Public Safety Director.

Officer Ballinger remains in serious condition and intubated in order to allow his lungs to heal. Fellow officers and his family, however, are hopeful for his recovery.

The Fort Wayne Fire Department and police department are holding a charity hockey game this Saturday at 2 p.m. Donation will go to Officer Ballinger and his family. 

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UPDATE: Indiana Police Officer Dies in Overnight Shooting

Deputy Carl Koontz;  Photo: www.cincinnati.com

Deputy Carl Koontz; Photo: www.cincinnati.com

An Indiana police officer has died as a result of injuries sustained in an overnight shooting. Another officer was shot and injured as well.

Howard County Deputy Carl Koontz, 27, and Sgt. Jordan Buckley, 35, were attempting to serve an arrest warrant just after midnight in the town of Russiaville.

When no one answered the door, the officers made entry and were immediately met by gunfire. The injured officers were transported to Indianapolis for treatment; however, Deputy Koontz ultimately succumbed to his injuries. Sgt. Buckley is listed in stable condition.

SWAT teams eventually made entry into the residence and confirmed that a dead man was found inside. No further details have yet been released.

Deputy Koontz is survived by a wife and 8-month old child.

UPDATE: Police have still not released the identity of the shooting suspect found dead in the trailer where officers were attempting to serve the arrest warrant. Howard County Sheriff Steven Rogers said, "We’re really not certain on the exact identity of this individual. We’ve been told that the name on the warrant may not correspond with the name of the individual in the trailer. Again, we’re waiting to find that information out."

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Footage of Indiana Police Officer Helping Homeless Man Goes Viral

Officer Tyler Croy;  Photo: fox59.com

Officer Tyler Croy; Photo: fox59.com

An Indiana police officer has been widely commended for the actions he took in helping a homeless man over the weekend.

Whiteland police officer Tyler Croy can be seen on body cam footage stopping to admonish a local homeless man against panhandling without a permit.

After Officer Croy engaged the man for several minutes in conversation, he reached into his own pocket and gave the man the last $3 he had. Officer Croy told the man where he could get some food.

The man, overcome with emotion, began to cry because of Croy's kindness and the two embraced.

"If he’s homeless and he’s out there, obviously struggling, what’s a $100 ticket going to do for him. Absolutely nothing,” said Officer Croy.

The officer continued, "I just did what any caring person would do, and I just gave him a hug. Because a lot of times that’s just what people need.”

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