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Prosecuting attorney: Officers followed protocol in officer-involved shooting that left suspect dead

Posted at 7:52 AM, May 01, 2019

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. -- A deputy and a trooper who shot and killed a suspect in January followed protocol and will not face criminal charges, Special Prosecuting Attorney Ric Hertel said.

Dearborn County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Weigel and Indiana State Police Trooper Jordan Craig shot and killed a suspect in January after he pointed a gun at them, according to Indiana State Police.

Hertel said the officers followed standard operating procedure in a Wednesday morning press conference. Hertel said the officers followed procedure "in that deadly force was used because they feared for their life or a third person’s life."

Watch the conference in the player below.

Weigel and Craig responded a disturbance involving a man who had a firearm at 10:50 a.m. on Jan. 12.

Christopher A. Schmitt, 58, pointed a gun at Weigel and Craig when they arrived on scene, and the officers fired their weapons at Schmitt, according to Indiana State Police. Officers rendered first aid to Schmitt; he died at a hospital.

Craig fired his weapon twice, Weigel fired four times and Schmitt was hit a total of four times, Hertel said.

Hertel said Schmitt's autopsy showed he had consumed “toxic concentrations” of medication and prescription drugs. Schmitt had told his wife earlier that day that he had an epiphany that he was going to die. “Some of the evidence tends to point toward” suicide by cop, Hertel said.

Det. Chris Tucker from Indiana State Police was the lead investigator, and the Hamilton County Coroner's office conducted the autopsy.