Police: Brown Co. shooting victim told officers to "kill him"

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State police detectives say a man fatally shot by police in Brown County told police to "kill him."

Brown County Sheriff's deputies working on a tip encountered 44-year-old Troy Harden of Nashville at a residence on Annandale Drive last Thursday. Harden was wanted on two warrants for probation violations out of Monroe County.

Police were allowed into the home by a renter and found Harden. According to officers at the scene and the renter, Harden resisted arrest and told police to "kill him." Officers saw Harden was in possession of a black handgun and deployed a stun gun.

Harden escaped through a window and led officers on a pursuit through a wooded area, where they unsuccessfully tried to use the stun gun a second time. Officers were able to hit Harden with the stun gun a short time later on Annandale Drive, knocking him to the ground.

As Harden lay on the ground, police say he "distinctly pointed his gun directly at the officers." The officers fired their weapons at the suspect, striking him twice. The officers administered first aid to Harden, who was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital, where he later died.

State police investigators located Harden's handgun at the scene and later found components of a methamphetamine lab in his truck, which was located at the residence.

Witnesses told police Harden knew of the arrest warrant and was afraid of going to prison. The investigation is ongoing.