Man shot, killed by Brookville police had a history of police run-ins

Parker was awaiting trial for battery charge
PD: Suspect shot by police, taken to hospital
Posted at 8:12 AM, Feb 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-09 08:37:53-05

BROOKVILLE, Ind. -- A man has died after he was shot by Brookville police Wednesday morning, according to Indiana State Police. Donald Parker Jr., 29, would not drop his weapons and was shot as a result.

At 5:20 a.m. Wednesday, a woman called police and said her grandson -- Parker -- was acting strange. A deputy went to the home where Parker lived with his grandmother; Brookville police arrived as backup.

Indiana State Police, who are investigating the shooting, said Parker answered the door with a weapon, then came back with two weapons. He did not drop his weapons when police instructed him to do so, ISP said, and was shot by the Brookville officers.

"Franklin County-ISP Detectives on scene of officer-involved shooting on SR-101 in Brookville," Sgt. Stephen Wheeles from Versailles tweeted. "All officers OK. I am en-route to scene."

The shooting happened near the intersection of State Route 101 and Golden Road in Brookville, Indiana State Police said.

Parker has a criminal record with more than a dozen convictions, including one battery charge from December. In that case, police said Parker kicked a police officer in the groin. His pretrial hearing for the battery charge was scheduled for June 30; his trial was scheduled to begin in June.

The two officers involved in the shooting were placed on four-day paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure following an officer-involved shooting. One officer was wearing a body camera but did not activate it before the shooting, the Brookville Police Chief said. The chief said he couldn't remember the last officer-involved shooting in Brookville.

Photographer Terry Helmer contributed to this report.