Suspect in Columbus officer shooting caught after shootout with SWAT

Published: Sep. 30, 2017 at 12:43 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 1, 2017 at 8:24 AM EDT
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Ofc. Josh McCrary (Source: CPD)
Ofc. Josh McCrary (Source: CPD)
The suspect shot at the officer on State Road 11 near Garden City. (Source: Andreina...
The suspect shot at the officer on State Road 11 near Garden City. (Source: Andreina Centlivre/WAVE 3 News)

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, IN (WAVE) - A man is dead after he was wanted for injuring a Columbus police officer during a shooting on Saturday.

Columbus police tried to pull Quentin Starke in a Toyota Corolla over near 11th and Washington Streets around 4:30 a.m., according to Indiana State Police. The suspect took off and a pursuit ensued. ISP said that the vehicle traveled south on State Road 11, turned onto a county road, before stopping near a water treatment plant.

The suspect got out, shot at a Columbus officer, then ran into the woods, ISP said.

According to a release from Indiana State Police, Starke ran into the wooded area and fired shots a state trooper and missed. During the ensuring exchange of gunfire, Starke was shot and pronounced dead at the scene. ISP is waiting on an autopsy and ballistics test to determine if his wounds came from the trooper's firearm or Starke's.

The officer who was shot was identified as nine-year veteran Josh McCrary. ISP said he was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital, treated and released.

"He then fired at least one shot in the direction of the pursuing officer," ISP Sgt. Stephen Wheeles said. "That round injured the officer. We don't know exactly whether the round hit the officer; there was debris that struck that officer. The officer did suffer an injury as a result of that shot being fired."

Just before 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Wheeles posted an update on Twitter, saying the suspect had been caught after exchanging shots with an ISP trooper.

Wheeles said the suspect was hit by gunfire. His condition was not immediately released. No officers were injured in that shooting, according to Wheeles.

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