UPDATE (February 12, 2020):
Officials in Grant County have released more details about an apparent home invasion that ended with one man dead. The Grant County Sheriff’s Department released the following to the public:
“As an update to information released yesterday, the victim’s identity was released by the Grant County Coroner’s Office as Steven Nickell 33-year-old white male from Muncie Indiana with a preliminary cause of death being determined as gunshot wounds, an autopsy is pending.
The nature and cause of the shooting is still under investigation and any information that did not come from an official release from the Grant County Sheriff’s Department should only be regarded as speculation at this point. Several interviews have been conducted and continue to be done, as well as the processing and collecting of evidence from the scene and other locations as it relates to this case.
One of the subjects taken into protective custody last night from the residence, a Matthew Whitt a 39-year-old white male from Wabash Indiana, has been arrested on an unrelated charge, a warrant for Parole Violation.”
The case is still being actively investigated by the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, the Grant County Prosecutors Office and the Grant County Coroner’s Office.
GRANT CO., Ind. (ADAMS) – A man is dead after an apparent home invasion in Grant County. Police officials say that around 1 p.m. on Monday, the Grant County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch center received a 911 call from a subject stating that he had just shot and killed an intruder at the residence of 6111 South 500 East.
Deputies from the Grant County Sheriff’s Department along with officers from the Gas City Police Department and the Fairmount Police Department responded. Ambulance service from the Marion General Hospital also was dispatched to the scene.
Upon officer’s arrival, two subjects were located outside the residence and taken into protective custody. Officers then entered the residence and secured it.
Officers discovered a white male lying on the floor near the backdoor of the residence suffering from what appeared to be gunshot wounds to the head and torso. Officers were unable to locate any vital signs on the subject and ambulance personal were immediately brought in and were also unable to locate any vital signs on the subject. The scene was secured and the Grant County Coroner’s Office and the Grant County Prosecutors Office was contacted.
The two subjects taken into protective custody were transported to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department to be interviewed and search warrants were obtained for the residence to continue the investigation.
Police say this is a developing investigation and when more information is available for release it will be put out. Officials say no other suspects are believed to be at large and the public is not in any immediate danger.