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Prosecutor: Officers justified in Thanksgiving Day shooting
Updated on: 12.13.13

Brown County Prosecutor Jim Oliver announced Friday that he has reviewed the Indiana State Police investigation into a police-action shooting on Thanksgiving evening. He said that the officers acted reasonably and in self-defense when they shot Troy Harden, and that no criminal charges will be brought against the officers involved.

 

“Mr. Harden chose his life to end this way,” Oliver said. “Mr. Harden told friends he wasn’t going to prison, and he took deliberate actions that forced the officers to react the way they did.”

 

“The officers showed great restraint. They attempted non-lethal force several times when threatened with a gun and responded with lethal force only when Mr. Harden aimed his weapon directly at them.”

 

“The agencies involved acted appropriately in asking for an independent investigation from the Indiana State Police. ISP detectives conducted a thorough and professional investigation. It is clear that the officers’ actions were justified,” Oliver said.

 

On Thursday, Nov. 28, the Brown County Sheriff’s Department received a tip that Troy Harden, 44, of Nashville was at a home on Annandale Drive and there was a warrant for his arrest. Officers confirmed two warrants for probation violations from Monroe County.

 

Five officers from the Brown County Sheriff’s Department and the Nashville Police arrived at the house to serve the warrant. They were permitted into the home by the renter and found Harden there. Officers and the renter told detectives that Harden resisted and told police to “kill him.” Officers saw that Harden was in possession of a black handgun. One officer deployed his stun gun; however Harden escaped through a window.

 

Officers pursued Harden through the adjoining woods and attempted to use their Taser again. They continued to follow Harden through the woods and onto Annandale Drive.

 

Officers were then able to make contact with Harden with a Taser. Immediately after Harden fell to the ground, he pointed his gun directly at Brown County Sheriff's Deputy Nathan Tompkins and Nashville Officer Tim True. Both officers fired their weapons at Harden, striking him twice. Officers immediately rendered first aid to Harden, who was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital.

 

Harden was declared dead at the hospital.

 

The ISP crime scene investigators found Harden’s handgun. The next day, investigators found components of a methamphetamine lab in Harden’s truck, which was at the home on Annandale Drive.

 

Witnesses told detectives that Harden knew there was a warrant for his arrest and he was afraid of going to prison.

 

Indiana Code 35-41-3-2 provides that a person is justified in using reasonable force, including deadly force, if the person reasonably believes that that force is necessary to prevent serious bodily injury to the person or a third person or the commission of a forcible felony.

Obituaries
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John Jacob 'Jack' Gambold, Jr., 91
  Stepfather of Carol Skirvin of Nashville

Jolee Ragan Dufek, 6, Nashville
  Daughter of Jason and Krystal Dufek

Karolina Rose Spurgeon, 3 days old, Edinburgh
  Sister of Keirsten Dawn Spurgeon of Brown County

  • December 18
    WRAPS meetings
    7 to 9 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • December 18
    Nashville Town Council
    6:30 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • December 19
    Bingo
    5 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North.
  • December 19
    Christmas sing-along at The Playhouse
    7:30 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 19
    Live band at dance barn
    6 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 19
    Live hip hop music at dance barn
    7 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 20
    Live band at dance barn
    6 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 20
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 20
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 20
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 20
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 21
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 21
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains´╗┐
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 23
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 24
    Nashville government offices CLOSED
  • December 24
    Christmas Eve Communion service at Becks Grove church
    7 p.m. Becks Grove Christian Church, 8009 Becks Grove Road
  • December 24
    Candlelight service at Helmsburg church Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., Helmsburg
  • December 24
    Candlelight service set for Christmas Eve
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • December 24
    Cordry church hosts candlelight service Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Church of the Lakes, 8844 Nineveh Road
  • December 25
    Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 26
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 26
    Brown County Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 27
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 27
    Live band at dance barn
    7:30 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West