Huntington police officer won't face charges in Yeoman Park shooting

A Huntington police officer will not face any discipline for his role in an October officer-involved shooting that left one person dead.

Posted: Dec 11, 2019 6:32 PM
Updated: Dec 12, 2019 10:30 AM

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WFFT) — A Huntington police officer will not face any discipline for his role in an October officer-involved shooting that left one person dead. 

Huntington County Prosecutor, Amy Richison, has determined that the officer did not commit any crimes when he shot Vincent Smith at Yeoman Park.

Police received a report that Smith had threatened to commit suicide and they found him walking about Huntington with a gun.

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Police pursued Smith and yelled for him to drop his gun while Smith was running to Yeoman park.

Richison said that police tried to get Smith to drop his gun by giving him verbal commands and a K-9 was released as well during the incident.

Richison says officers shot Smith only when he pointed his gun at police.

She said the officer who shot Smith fired his weapon one time and struck Smith in his upper body.

"Police quickly engaged in life-saving measures, but Smith died despite law enforcement efforts to save his life," Richison explained. 

Richison says after her investigation, she determined "the officer who shot Vincent Smith acted reasonably to protect himself, his fellow officers and our community."

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