“The teenage suspect is deceased the result of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. No officers were injured and it has not been determined if the suspect was wounded by police.” Indiana State Police news release
December 13, 2018-Indiana State Police say a teen was pronounced dead at a Richmond, Indiana school after an armed stand-off with police. According to the statement, police were called to the Dennis Intermediate School, 222 NW 7th St, Richmond, IN 47374 at approximately 8:00 a.m. today. Police had been alerted “that a potential violent act could occur at the Dennis Intermediate School.” The school was placed on lockdown and officers from multiple jurisdictions responded to the scene according to the statement. “As officers arrived, they confronted the teenage suspect outside the school who then reportedly shot out the glass of a locked entry door to the school, and ran inside with police officers in pursuit. The suspect, once in the school, and being pursued exchanged gunfire with police officers. The teenage suspect is deceased the result of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. No officers were injured and it has not been determined if the suspect was wounded by police” the statement continues.
Dennis Intermediate School is a public school for grades 5-8. The identity of the teen has not yet been released and no additional injuries were reported. Police credited decisive action in placing the school on lockdown as a crucial factor in prevending additional injuries. “It is important to emphasize that due to the result of advance notification of the potential for a violent act at the school, the school had initiated their lockdown procedure which clearly prevented injury to students and faculty even though the suspect was able to enter the school” the report states.
Indiana State Police have scheduled a news conference for 1:30 p.m. today to provide additional information.