Victim identified in fatal Huntington police-involved shooting

An ISP spokesman said around noon Wednesday officers from the Huntington Police Department and Huntington County Sheriff's Office were called on a welfare check of a suicidal man.

Posted: Oct 24, 2019 12:52 PM
Updated: Oct 24, 2019 1:55 PM

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WFFT) — The Indiana State Police is investigating a deadly police-involved shooting on the east side of Huntington.

The victim was identified as 29-year-old Vincent Michael Smith of Huntington.

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An ISP spokesman said around noon Wednesday officers from the Huntington Police Department and Huntington County Sheriff's Office were called on a welfare check of a suicidal man.

Initially, officers were able to locate Smith’s vehicle, but not the person.

They eventually found him after 1 p.m. at Yeoman Park in Huntington.

Troopers said Smith wasn't following orders from officers, leading them on a chase.

Around 1:15 p.m., shots where fired and Smith was killed.

ISP is investigating this as a police-action shooting because at this point, it's not clear who shot their guns or if Smith shot himself.

The names of the officers involved are expected to be released in a few days.

Huntington Community Schools posted on Facebook that several schools in the area were placed on a soft lock-down just before 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

A soft lock-down is when students continue their day as normal, with no one being allowed outside.

The soft lock-down was lifted at 1:20 p.m.

The Indiana State Police will continue the investigation.

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