MUNCIE, Ind. (ADAMS) – The Indiana State Police are looking into a deadly officer-involved shooting.
Investigators say Muncie officers responded to a call about a suicidal man just after 2 a.m. yesterday. Further investigation by Indiana State Police Investigators has revealed additional facts in the officer-involved shooting.
According to State Police, when Muncie officers arrived in the area to check on a possible suicidal subject, they found a white male sitting in a car under a carport in an alley behind a residence. As officers approached the subject got out of the car brandishing what appeared to be a Berretta or Sig Sauer style handgun that he pointed directly at an officer.
The suspect, Taylor Christian Warner, age 30 of Muncie, refused to follow officer’s verbal commands to drop the gun and continued pointing it at an officer, and officers were forced to fire at the suspect. The officers administered first aid, and EMS was summoned, but Warner later succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.
Later in the morning, ISP Investigators were able to examine the gun used by Warner and determined it was a handgun replica-style BB gun. The gun did not have any orange pieces on it or any other indicators that it was not a real firearm. Warner was also armed with a large blade butcher-style kitchen knife.
The officers involved were wearing body cams that were on and functional at the time of the incident, and that footage will be part of the ongoing investigation. When the investigation is completed it will be turned into the Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office for their review.