Trooper shot, injured during robbery in southwest Indiana

A state trooper was shot Monday near Washington, Indiana. (Photos: WAMW)
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An Indiana State Police trooper has been shot during an apparent robbery at a gun shop in southwestern Indiana.

State police say Trooper Jarrod Lents responded to the disturbance at the Black Oak Armaments Gun Shop in Montgomery. Investigators believe an armed robbery was taking place and Lents exchanged gunfire with the suspect, later identified as 60-year-old James D. Jones of Shoals.

Authorities say the trooper was struck multiple times, but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. He was taken by helicopter to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville.

"I am relieved to learn that Trooper Lents' injuries are not life-threatening. Our prayers go out to him, and I am reminded of the risks those who wear the uniform take every day, and of their courageous service to the people of Indiana," Gov. Mike Pence said in a statement Monday.

Jones was reportedly killed at the scene after being shot by Lents, a nine-year veteran of the department.

The investigation is ongoing, police say.

Montgomery is about 70 miles north of Evansville.