HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WFFT) -- Indiana State Police now say a man killed by Huntington Police Sunday did not exchange gunfire with officers before they shot him.
Police say 36-year-old Matthew T. Melzoni of Wabash was destroying public property on a backhoe around 3:30 am.
An initial statement from Indiana State Police on Sunday said Melzoni and officers exchanged gunfire, leaving Melzoni dead and a Huntington Police officer wounded.
A new statement released by Sgt. Brian Walker today, however, says there was no exchange of gunfire.
"As the investigation progressed, it became clear that there was no exchange of gunfire but that the officers felt the suspect’s conduct with the backhoe rendered him an imminent danger to both police officers and civilians," the statement reads.
Walker released no further information about how the officer was wounded by gunfire if Melzoni and officers didn't exchange gunfifre.
Also Friday, Walker wrote that Huntington County Prosecutor Amy Richison has recused herself from the investigation.
Whitley County Prosecutor D.J. Sigler has been assigned to serve as the special prosecutor.
The shooting remains under investigation.