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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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Pamela Jo (Brown) Black, 58, Franklin
  Mother of Bryan Black (Tara Hammons) of Brown County

Tad Heminger, 70, Franklin
  Former Brown County resident

Violet Rose “Toots” Wilkerson, 94, Bloomington
  Mother of Ernest Wilkerson (Ricki) of Brown County

  • May 23
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • May 23
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • May 23
    Yard and bake sale at North Salem Methodist church
    9 a.m. to 2 p.m. North Salem Methodist church, 7718 State Road 46 East
  • May 23
    Art class set for fourth Saturday at winery
    3 to 5 p.m. Chateau Thomas Winery, Coachlight Square, 225 S. Van Buren St.
  • May 23
    Studebaker Nationals, Spring Classic Saturday at BC Dragway
    Gates open at 9 a.m. B.C. Dragway, 480 Gatesville Rd., Bean Blossom
  • May 23
    Morel Mushroom sale to benefit local charities
    9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Brown County IGA parking lot, 30 Hawthorne Dr.
  • May 23
    Saturday at Brown County State Park
    10 a.m., 11 a.m., 7:30 p.m. Brown County State Park, 1450 State Road 46 East (north entrance)
  • May 23
    Yard sale at church includes crafts and baked goods
    9 a.m. to 3 p.m. BC Community Church, 2370 Main St., Helmsburg
  • May 23
    "Woman in Gold" at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • May 23
    Live music at bar
    7 to 9 p.m., 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Big Busted Bar, 44 N. Van Buren St.
  • May 23
    Live music at winery
    7 to 10 p.m. Chateau Thomas Winery, Coachlight Square, 225 S. Van Buren St.
  • May 23
    Live band at sports bar
    8 p.m. Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • May 23
    Live band at dance barn
    8 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • May 24
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    10 a.m. to noon Brown County State Park, State Road 46 East
  • May 24
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    Noon to 2 p.m. Brown County State Park, State Road 46 East
  • May 25
    Government Offices CLOSED
  • May 26
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • May 26
    BC Area Plan Commission CANCELED
    County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • May 26
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • May 27
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • May 27
    BC Sheriff's Merit Board
    4 p.m. Sheriff's Office, Law Enforcement Center, 55 State Road 46 East
  • May 27
    BC Board of Zoning Appeals
    6 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • May 28
    Go Club at the library
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • May 29
    Farmers market reopens in Bean Bean Blossom
    4 p.m. St. David's Episcopal Church, 11 State Road 45 at 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • May 29
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • May 29
    Gospel jubilee at Redbarn
    8 p.m. RedBarn Jamboree, 71 Parkview Road off 46 East
  • May 30
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • May 30
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Brown County State Park, State Road 46 East
  • May 30
    Comedy tour at the Playhouse
    7:30 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • May 31
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    10 a.m. to noon Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • June 2
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • June 2
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • June 2
    Bean Blossom Sewer Board
    6:30 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • June 3
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • June 4
    Go Club at the library
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • June 4
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • June 4
    Gospel jam & sing first Thursday in Gnaw Bone
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • June 5
    Strawberry fest during farmers market
    4 p.m. St. David's Episcopal Church, 11 State Road 45 at 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • June 5
    Bingo
    5 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • June 5
    Gospel jubilee at Redbarn
    8 p.m. RedBarn Jamboree, 71 Parkview Road, off 46 East
  • June 6
    Shrine parade celebrates summer
    11 a.m. downtown Nashville
  • June 7
    Read to dogs at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • June 11
    Gospel jam & sing at Gnaw Bone church
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • June 12
    BC photography club
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • June 13
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • June 13
    Open house conducted at New Song
    9 to 11 a.m. New Song Mission, 7202 Keith Donaldson Road, Freetown
  • June 15
    Essential oil class at tea shop
    6 p.m. Sweetea's Tea Shop, 225 S. Van Buren St., Suite C, Coachlight Square
  • June 17
    Hamblen Fire District
    7 p.m. Hamblen Fire Station, 4650 Sweetwater Trail, Gatesville
  • June 20
    Rock & mineral club
    6 p.m. Extension Office, 802 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds
  • June 20
    Pollinator Awareness Day at state park Nature Center
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brown County State Park, 1450 State Road 46 East (north entrance)
  • July 11
    Health fair at the YMCA
    8 a.m. to noon YMCA, 105 Willow St.