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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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Mary 'Jane' Kollman, 92, Nashville
  Mother of Janet (Tom) Gaskins of Nashville

Charlotte K. (Adkins) Wilson, 67, Franklin
  Former resident of Brown County

Gerald R. Allee, 83, Indianapolis
  Brother of Peggy Frost of Nashville

  • November 20
    Literary club
    2 p.m. Kathy Anderson's home
  • November 20
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • November 20
    WRAPS meetings
    7 to 9 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • November 20
    Nashville Town Council
    6 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • November 21
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • November 22
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 22
    Salt Creek Trailhead dedication for Meijer family planned
    10 a.m. by CVS Pharmacy, 292 S. Van Buren St., near junction of 46 East and 135 North
  • November 22
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • November 23
    Annual community-wide hymn sing planned
    6:30 p.m. Nashville Christian Church, 160 S. Van Buren St.
  • November 23
    Nashville Reserve Officers host chili cook-off
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nashville P.D., 200 Hawthorne Drive
  • November 25
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 25
    Open 12-step meetings in New Bellsville area
    6 to 7 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • November 28
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • November 29
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 29
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 2
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 3
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • December 4
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • December 12
    Widowed group plans Christmas party
    noon Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • December 12
    BCSP Christmas bird count slated
    8 a.m. BCSP Nature Center, 1810 State Road 46 East
  • December 13
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road