State trooper hit multiple times, suspect killed in Daviess Co. shootout

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MONTGOMERY – A nine-year veteran of the Indiana State Police was hit multiple times during a shootout that ultimately killed another person Monday afternoon.

It happened shortly after 1:35 p.m. in the Daviess County community of Montgomery in southwestern Indiana. Trooper Jarrod Lents was responding to a report of a disturbance at the Black Oak Armaments Gun Shop.

State police said a robbery was in progress at the business. Lents and the suspect exchanged fire; Lents was hit several times. State police said his injuries were not life-threatening. He’s being treated at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville.

The suspect, who has not yet been identified by police, died in the exchange.

Gov. Mike Pence released a statement saying he was relieved that the trooper’s injuries weren’t more serious.

“Our prayers got 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.