For Immediate Release Contact: Sgt. Matt Gard
February 25th, 2019 email@example.com
Lafayette Police Investigating Officer Involved Shooting
The Lafayette Police Department is investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred at approximately 5:35 pm on today’s date. Officers with the Lafayette Street Crimes Unit arrived at 2500 Derbyshire Ct, West Lafayette, IN at approximately 1:00 pm in an attempt to serve an arrest warrant on Dustin Borders (white male, 26 years old). The warrant was for a charge of Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle; a Level 6 Felony.
Officers with the Street Crimes Unit confirmed that Borders was inside the residence and later learned that a female, Morgan Edmondson (white female, 26 years old), was also inside. Borders subsequently barricaded himself inside and made threats to harm Edmondson, himself, and officers. The Lafayette Police Department’s SWAT team and Crisis Negotiation Team were contacted at 3:00pm and negotiations were initiated at approximately 3:40 pm.
For roughly two hours, negotiators made over 10 phone calls to Borders and Edmondson; attempting to persuade Borders to exit the residence peacefully. During negotiations, Borders’ erratic behavior continued to escalate and the SWAT team made entry into the residence.
As SWAT officers entered the residence, Borders was directly overheard stating that he was going to kill Edmondson and himself. When officers made entry into the room that Borders and Edmondson were isolated in, Borders was observed confining Edmondson with a knife to her throat and hiding behind her. SWAT officers immediately initiated hostage rescue tactics and Borders was shot by a SWAT officer. Paramedics staged on scene immediately transported Borders to an area hospital for his injuries. As a precautionary measure, Edmondson was also transported to an area hospital.
At this time, the Lafayette Police Department is not releasing the name of the officer as parallel criminal and internal investigations have commenced. Additional information will be released when appropriate.
Sergeant Matt Gard
Community Outreach & Crime Prevention
The fact a person has been arrested or charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.