Gaston officer arrested for wife's murder


DELAWARE COUNTY - A reserve police officer was arrested for allegedly murdering his wife Friday morning.

Officers were called to a home on North County Road 600 West in Delaware County Friday morning for a reported shooting. Deputies found 32-year-old Lisa Hankins shot several times. She was taken to Ball Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police arrested Ben Hankins, a reserve police officer in Gaston, for one count of murder. Investigators say the couple was having problems in their marriage and that the shooting was a domestic situation.

According to police, the couple has three children. Ben Hankins works for the Indiana Department of Correction.

According to the Muncie Star Press, the nearby Wes-Del Community Schools was on lockdown or about 45 minutes following the shooting.

The newspaper also sought comment from the Gaston Police Department.  Cpl. James Dixon declined comment about the shooting.