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LPD Chief Flannelly says deparment is staying strong through impact of shooting

“These are the most challenging of circumstances that I think any police department would ever face," said Chief Flannelly.

Posted: Jan. 10, 2019 5:45 PM
Updated: Jan. 10, 2019 11:58 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Lafayette Police are held a shooting review board meeting on Thursday. They're reviewing the evidence of the investigation into the shooting that put Officer Lane Butler in the hospital.

LPD Chief Patrick Flannelly said the board consists of other officers, trainers, and command staff level personnel who closely examine the evidence.

“These are the most challenging of circumstances that I think any police department would ever face," he said. He added that he likes how his department is holding up.

"I'm just incredibly proud of the way that our department has handled this, at the way that our men and women have responded," said Chief Flannelly.

Officer Butler was shot by Officer Aaron Wright in the back while attending a call on North 9th Street in Lafayette. She has been in the hospital since Tuesday. Officer Kurt Sinks was also on the call with Wright and Butler. They were running away from a dog when LPD says Wright's gun accidentally discharged.

"These things have a ripple effect,” he said. “The families, the community I know a there's a lot of connections out there."

Chief Flannelly said Officer Butler is currently stable and recovering. Officer Wright is currently on paid administrative leave.

"We are all just saying a lot of prayers and keeping Officer Butler and her family at the forefront of those prayers and hoping for a speedy recovery," he said.

The last time LPD had an officer shot was in 1993 and 1996. Chief Flannelly said any time a gun is discharged a shooting review board meeting is held, and they leave no stone unturned in the investigation.

"We investigate the circumstances and try to determine what happened, exactly why it happened and then learn from it," he said.

He is asking the public to be patient as they review all the details, and to continue to show support.

"It's evident in times like this when the chips are really down that the true colors of a community shine through and ours have been shining very brightly these past few days," he said.

All three officers were wearing body cameras during the incident. Because this isn't a criminal shooting investigation, Chief Flannelly said they will be able to release that footage tomorrow. The findings of the shooting review board meeting will be shared with the public tomorrow morning. News 18 will have updates on the information as it is released on WLFI.com.

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