LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Several agencies and emergency responders are on the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Jennings County, Ind. according to police sources.
It happened at a home in the 7000 block of S. County Road 750 W., near W. Country Road 700 S. in Commiskey, Indiana.
According to Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry Goodin, representatives from the Indiana State Police and the Jennings County Sheriff's Office came to the home to serve a warrant for an intimidation charge on 38-year-old Robert Matney.
Goodin said Matney had been accused of writing threatening letters to local law enforcement officials, elected officials and others.
According to Goodin, Matney was standing next to his mailbox when police arrived. He allegedly ran back into his home, grabbed a gun and fired at officers. The officers fired back, according to Goodin, and Matney was shot and wounded.
However, Goodin said it is not clear if Matney was wounded by bullets fired by officers or by himself.
He was taken to a hospital in Indianapolis with non-life-threatening injuries.
Online court records show that the state of Indiana filed three charges against Matney on Tuesday, Dec. 30, in Jennings County. The judge signed and issued the arrest warrant for him the same day. Each count is a felony under Indiana law.
Sgt. Goodin couldn't talk in detail about the threats but says they were very serious.
"There were actually letters that were written. How they were delivered, I can't discuss that but they were actually hand written letters," he said.
Matney's priors in that state are mostly infractions or misdemeanors in Jackson, Jennings and Scott counties going back to 1999, according to online records.
The only other felony in his history, according to online records, was a charge of resisting law enforcement in Jennings County in 2000. Matney pleaded guilty, according to the records, and a judge modified the conviction to a misdemeanor in 2003.
Goodin says the result could have been much worse.
"We are very lucky we don't have a loss of life. Anytime gun fire is exchanged , it can result in something very bad happening. Looks like today the only person injured is the suspect," he told WDRB.
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