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Teen, officers exchange gunfire at Indiana middle school

December 13, 2018 4:57 PM
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RICHMOND, IND.—A teenage suspect and police officers exchanged gunfire outside an eastern Indiana middle school Thursday morning before the boy ran inside and killed himself, 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 96 kilometres 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.

Bowling credited a quick response by local police and school staff for preventing further tragedy.


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