Indiana State Police investigating two Wabash Co. police-involved shootings

Tuesday night a North Manchester police officer shot and killed Michael Kline, 40, during a traffic stop outside the Eel River Inn.

Posted: Mar 7, 2018 9:53 PM
Updated: Mar 7, 2018 10:29 PM

WABASH COUNTY, Ind. (WFFT) - The Indiana State Police is investigating a second deadly officer-involved shooting in Wabash County within the past month.

The first one happened on Valentine's Day when deputies from the Wabash and Huntington county sheriff's departments shot and killed a burglary suspect in a field.

Then Tuesday night a North Manchester police officer shot and killed Michael Kline, 40, during a traffic stop outside the Eel River Inn.

"It is a dangerous world and you never know what's going to happen," said North Manchester resident Matt Seifert.

Seifert has lived in North Manchester for more than 25 years.

During that times, he's heard of only 3 deadly shootings in the small town.

"It's just not something you expect. That's one of the supposive nice things about a small town, but it's still a town, there's still people. And people are people," said Seifert.

He said he was sad to hear about the shooting last night near his home.

"Police officers are part of our community. They're part of us. We know them, we know their children. We know where they live. We say hi to each other," Seifert said.

"We hit a rough patch here. Hopefully this is the last time here this occurs," said Indiana State Police Sgt. Tony Slocum.

The Indiana State Police was brought in to investigate the two officer involved shootings in Wabash County.

Slocum said these investigations could take awhile.

"Our rules and regulations state we don't interview officers in the shooting portion until 48 hours afterwards," Slocum said.

The Wabash County Prosecutor's office will determine if both shootings were justified once state police finish its investigation.

Slocum adds many officers go their entire career without pulling the trigger.

"When we mark on duty as police officers, the last thing we want to do ever is hurt someone. It's obviously not a good situation," Slocum said.

Seifert adds he still feels safe despite the violent night around the corner from his home.

"This incident was an interaction. It had nothing to do with anybody else," said Seifert.

The Indiana State Police is asking anyone with any information about Tuesday night's shooting to give them a call at (765) 473-6666.

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