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ISP: Police officers shoot, kill domestic violence suspect in French Lick

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According to a Sgt. Phillip Hensley, police shot and killed a man during a "trouble call" about 3:45 p.m. at a residence on Ohio Street. According to a Sgt. Phillip Hensley, police shot and killed a man during a "trouble call" about 3:45 p.m. at a residence on Ohio Street.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Indiana State Police say officers shot and killed a person in French Lick, Ind. Friday evening.

According to a Sgt. Phillip Hensley, police shot and killed a man during a "trouble call" about 3:45 p.m. at a residence on Ohio Street.

Indiana State Police Trooper Michael Allen and a West Baden Police officer showed up at a home on West Ohio Street for a report of a fight between a husband and wife. 

“The male subject in the residence was actually strangling his wife,” Hensley said.

According to state police, when the officers arrived, the man, identified as Jose Ramon Damiani, Jr., 49, ran through house, into the backyard and into a garage.

“They go back there and try to talk to him and he’s not talking,” Hensley explained. “He's not saying anything to them.”

At this point investigators say that Damiani picked up a large metal pipe and began walking toward the officers.

“They tell him numerous times, drop the pipe, drop the pipe, drop the pipe,” Hensley said. “He won’t do it.”

State Police say the West Baden officer fired his Taser, but it the man didn’t stop.

“At that point the male subject takes the pipe like a baseball bat and gets ready to swing at one of the officer’s heads,” Hensley said. “Officers then open fire on the subject because they felt the situation had taken a grave turn.”

Officials say both officers fired their guns. Damiani was pronounced dead at the scene by the Orange County Coroner. 

It was six minutes from the time officers arrived at the house to when the shooting happened.

Officers say it is not unusual for State Police to go to potentially dangerous scenes with local officers in this part of the state. 

“It’s very tight, any time they need something, we’re right there for them because the resources are a lot smaller than what you’d find in a larger area,” said Hensley.

Allen is on administrative duty while the shooting is investigated, but officials have not said what’s next for the West Baden Officer. 

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