Prosecutor says Greenwood officer who fatally shot stabbing suspect was ‘wholly justified’

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GREENWOOD, Ind. – A Greenwood police officer involved in a police-action shooting Saturday morning has been cleared by a Johnson County prosecutor.

Prosecutor Brad Cooper reviewed the shooting, including body cam footage, which he said showed the shooting was “wholly justified.”

Cooper said Sgt. Eric McElhaney’s actions saved the life of the female victim who had been stabbed by her boyfriend. The man was getting ready to stab the woman again when police say the officer shot.

“As far as the Prosecutor’s Office is concerned, this police-action shooting was a justifiable use of deadly force and I consider this matter closed,” said Cooper.

Cooper went as far to say that he’d never seen a more clear-cut case of the proper use of deadly force in his 22 years of reviewing police action shootings.

The shooting happened in a garage in the 800 block of Heatherwood Lane just west of Greenwood Community High School around 10:20 a.m. The 35-year-old victim was transported to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition. Her current condition is unknown at this time.