Police: Teen, officers exchange gunfire at Indiana middle school

RICHMOND, Ind. — A teenage suspect and police officers exchanged gunfire outside an eastern Indiana middle school Thursday morning before the boy ran inside and took his own life, authorities said.

Indiana State Police Sgt. John Bowling said no one else at Dennis Intermediate School or any officers were injured during the shooting in Richmond, which is near the Indiana-Ohio state line about 60 miles (96 kilometers) east of Indianapolis.

Police and school officials were notified that an armed person was heading to the school with the intention of hurting people, Richmond Police Chief Jim Branum told the Palladium-Item. The shooting occurred around 8:20 a.m.

Branum said officers and the teen fired shots near a school door before the boy went inside. It wasn’t immediately known whether the teen was wounded by officers during the confrontation. Officials didn’t immediately confirm whether the suspect was a student at the school or his age.

VIDEO from the scene: facebook.com/FOX10Phoenix/videos/338578920303695

Bowling said the police were investigating at the school and at another site in the city. He credited a quick response by local police and school staff for preventing further tragedy.

“Local police had received information and they reacted on that very swiftly, and I think because of their swift reaction and also the swift reaction at the school that no student injuries happened,” Bowling said.

Students from the school were being bused to Richmond High School for parents to pick them up.

Branum said state police would be handling the shooting investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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