MUNCIE, Ind. – The brother of the Delaware County sheriff was killed in a police shooting involving the Muncie Police Department early Thursday morning.
The man who died in the incident was identified as 45-year-old Richard Skinner, the brother of Delaware County Sheriff Tony Skinner. Sgt. Scott Keegan with Indiana State Police confirmed the information.
Indiana State Police are now investigating the incident, which began around 1 a.m. Thursday.
The Muncie Police Department responded to the 1500 block of east Andover Street after receiving a call from a neighbor about a domestic disturbance.
Upon arrival, police talked to a man, later identified as Skinner, inside the home and began negotiations from outside. The SWAT team was then called to the scene.
At one point, officers heard gunshots from inside the home and saw Skinner in the window. According to police, Skinner “allegedly pointed what appeared to be a firearm at officers,” who fired at least one round from their department-issued rifles.
“The number one tactic that officers want to try to do is try to separate and de-escalate the situation…and go about a peaceful night,” Sgt. Scott Keegan said. “However, sometimes that doesn’t happen.“
Police provided medical treatment to the 45-year-old. The Delaware County Coroner pronounced him dead. No one else was injured during the incident, police said.
“I have been here when he’s been out of control,” neighbor Doris Westerman said. “He’s been violent to the girl there.”
Others who live in the area said it was too close for comfort and they’re wondering why it had to happen.
“It’s close to home and it’s sad though it’s sad that some people that they think that’s the only way out to try and blaze their way out with a gun,” neighbor Teresa Mercer said.
Some said they hope their will be an end to the recent stretch of violence in Muncie and Delaware County.
“Especially with the murders we’ve had over the weekend and the Albany killing,” Westerman said. “It’s getting out of hand.”
The names of the officers involved have not yet been released. Indiana State Police, the agency investigating the shooting, said that information would come later.
ISP will turn the results of its investigation over to the Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office, which will make a final decision on any charges in the case.