Muncie Police officer shoots man strangling him

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A fight that started inside Kruzers Night Club on the south side of Muncie ending with two police officers injured and a suspect shot Sunday morning.

The suspect, Bryan Modglin, got into his car when Muncie Police arrived to break up the fight. Modglin didn't get far. An officer stopped him less than a block away.

Police say Modglin attacked the officer who stopped him, Reserve Officer Richard Little, hitting him in the face and head. Then, a second officer, Shane Finnegan, arrived to help and Modglin attacked him, too, punching him in the face. When he pinned Finnegan against a fence, attempting to choke him, Finnegan pulled out his gun and shot Modglin.

"I think the cop did the right thing," said Jerry Goforth.

Goforth lives about two houses down from where the incident happened and watched the police processing the scene in the aftermath. He says he doesn't blame the night club, even though in the last few weeks, police say they've responded to about five calls related to violence.

"He's got bouncers and all that in there and one guy that thinks he can whoop the whole bar--something is wrong with him," said Goforth

With the recently duty-related death of IMPD Officer Rod Bradway, people in Muncie are showing their appreciation for the sacrifices that public safety officers make everyday. Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler sent out a tweet Sunday morning saying, "Heading to church to pray and thank our public safety officers for their service to our community."

Reserve Officer Little and Officer Finnegan were both treated for injuries at IU Health-Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie and released Sunday afternoon.

Modglin was also taken to Ball Memorial and was last listed in stable condition.  

He faces preliminary charges of battery and strangulation.