MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - State police say Glenn A. Rightsell of Linden is dead after a police-involved shooting in northern Montgomery County.
According to ISP, on Friday, a trooper tagged an abandoned black 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe shortly after 4 p.m.
The car was located on the side of northbound U.S. 231 near Montgomery County Road 550 North. That's near North Montgomery High School, about 15 miles south of Lafayette.
Afterwards, the trooper continued his normal patrol.
State Police said that at around 6:35 p.m. on Friday, the same trooper drove past car again when he saw a white 2018 Dodge car had pulled up in front of the Tahoe, the release said. Rightsell was at the front of the vehicle with the hood open.
The trooper reportedly saw a handgun on the Rightsell's waist as the trooper pulled his vehicle behind the Tahoe and parked with his emergency lights and spotlight on to investigate why the car was there.
"As the trooper approached from the driver’s side of the Tahoe, he identified himself as a law enforcement officer and gave verbal commands to Mr. Rightsell. Mr. Rightsell failed to comply with the directions and allegedly grabbed the gun on his waist, at which time the trooper drew his sidearm and fired upon Mr. Rightsell, striking him at least once," said State Police in a press release.
A video was recorded by Kenneth Steen, who lives across the street from where the incident took place.
Jesse Vaught is the stepson of Rightsell. He told News 18 over the phone that Rightsell had been working on his daughters car. Vaught said by the time the video started being recorded, at about 6:43 p.m., Rightsell had been shot in the face.
After the shooting, the trooper used his radio to indicate shots were fired and request help. Montgomery County Sheriff's Office deputies say they arrived to secure the scene and give first aid to Rightsell before he was taken to the hospital.
Vaught is claiming that the officers did not take proper steps to administer first aid.
Rightsell later died at Franciscan Health Crawfordsville hospital in Crawfordsville.
ISP said they will be conducting a complete investigation and a report will be forwarded to the Montgomery County Prosecutor, Joseph Buser, for review. Buser will then decide if any criminal charges will be filed.
ISP said the trooper's name will be released at a later date.
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