LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — For the first time since a deadly police-action shooting on Monday, News 18 is exclusively hearing from someone who said they saw the events firsthand.
The streets have since cleared near State St. and Earl Ave. but the images of what happened still linger for one woman.
“I drive on that street at least once a day, sometimes twice a day past the area,” said the witness.
She spoke to us anonymously as the investigation unfolds. The witness said she was on her way to work Monday, driving down State Street when she came upon police activity.
“There were police cars coming behind me really fast and so I pulled over on the side of the road,” she said.
After sitting in her car for a short period of time she noticed three police officers run across Earl Ave.
“I saw three police officers duck behind a minivan and they were kind of looked like they were hiding,” she said.
Then she saw Dustin Furr.
“I saw a man walk across the street,” she said. “It seemed slow, he wasn't walking quickly normal paced with his arms stretched out holding a gun pointed towards the police officers that had run across the street.”
At first glance, she thought Furr was also an officer.
“He was dressed in dark clothing, he had dark pants, boots dark jacket, I think he was wearing a dark hat,” she said. “For a split second, at first, when I saw somebody walking in the middle of the road with a gun pointed, I thought it was a police officer but then I was like no that's not a police officer, that's a person.”
She said she was shocked to see how long he was able to point his gun at officers without shots being fired. Police told us Monday, they tried negotiating with Furr before shooting but he was not cooperating.
“I saw him walking towards them with the gun still pointed at them and they ran behind a house and he continued to walk towards them with the gun pointed at them and he walked behind the house and I didn't see anything after that,” said the witness.
What happened after that is what we're waiting to learn through a police statement and body-cam footage. The witness tells us it was important she shared what she saw.
“I came forward because, there haven't been any statements,” she said. “Nobody knows, you know, what happened, was there just a mad man walking around on the streets with a gun or was there you know some sort of something that happened before. You know, people wonder, are the police just trigger happy. You never know.”
Lafayette Police Lieutenant Matthew Gard tells us they will not be commenting on this witness account at this time.
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