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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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Dale Clinton 'Mike' David, 90, Nashville
  Father of Dennis P. David and Mark A. David, both of Nashville

Barbara Ann Frank Sheehan, 71, New Smyrna Beach, Florida
  Former resident of Brown County

Phillip Michael 'Mike' Mathis, 63, Nashville
  Brother of Cathy (Steve) Junken and Melanie (Darian) McBride, both of Nashville

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