|WCSI Local News|
Indiana State Police detectives are investigating Wednesday's fatal police action shooting involving two Johnson County deputies. The shooting occurred just before 2 p.m. at the Second Mt. Pleasant Church Cemetery, located just north of State Road 44.
According to a press release, a preliminary investigation has revealed the deputies were called to the area on the report of a suspicious person. Deputies located the suspect, who initially provided a false name. When the deputies asked him to show identification, the suspect, who was later identified as 25-year-old Derek J. Hobson of Greenwood, started to hand over an identification card before attempting to flee.
In an attempt to stop Hobson from fleeing, both deputies deployed their Tasers at the suspect. Neither attempt made a complete connection and Hobson broke away and continued to run. As Hobson was running, he allegedly turned and pointed a semi-automatic pistol at the deputies. The deputies then fired their weapons at Hobson, striking him multiple times. Medical assistance was called, but Hobson was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators later learned that Hobson was wanted on felony count of battery in Marion County. He was also on parole for burglary out of Johnson County.
Neither deputy was injured in the incident. The deputies have been identified as 36-year-old Dan Combs, a one year veteran and 29-year-old Lewis Wiser, a two year veteran.
Indiana State Police say investigations of this nature can take several weeks to complete. When completed, the investigation will be submitted to the Johnson County Prosecutor for review and action as deemed appropriate by that office.
State Police say no further information will be released.
Last Updated: Friday, August 02, 2013 7:36:40 AM
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