Indiana State Police: Witness shot man scuffling with off-duty conservation officer

Man later died at hospital
Posted at 3:59 PM, Feb 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-21 14:20:37-05

RISING SUN, Ind. -- A bystander shot a man who was scuffling with an off-duty Indiana Conservation Officer Monday, according to Indiana State Police.

The man later died at a hospital, police said.

The officer came in contact with 25-year-old Justin K. Holland when he responded to reports of a suspicious person at 12:30 p.m. along State Road 56, ISP Sgt. Stephen Wheeles said. 

At some point, Holland began to struggle with the officer, Wheeles said, and a woman who lived nearby fired at least one shot at Holland. 

Holland was taken to Dearborn County Hospital where he died. A preliminary result of an autopsy indicated that the shot was what killed Holland, Indiana State Police announced Tuesday. They said toxicology results were pending. 

The officer was also taken to Dearborn County Hospital. His injuries were not life threatening. 

The woman who shot Holland is not in custody and Indiana State Police are investigating, Wheeles said.

NOTE: Police originally said Holland was 32; he is actually 25.