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ISP: Theft suspect killed in Seymour officer-involved shooting was from Beech Grove

According to State Police, two Seymour police officers fired at the burglary suspect, striking him. He died at the hospital.
Credit: Indiana State Police
Police on scene of an officer-involved shooting in Seymour on November 1, 2020.

SEYMOUR, Ind. — State police have identified a theft suspect who was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Seymour as a 43-year-old Beech Grove man.

Seymour police officers were called to the Walmart at Tipton Street (US 50) near Burkart Boulevard around 8:30 p.m. Sunday on reports of a theft at the store.

Police said the suspect, described as a white man, ran across Tipton Street and entered a ditch in front of a Taco Bell. Police said he was armed with a handgun. 

According to state police, officers tried to take the suspect into custody, but he resisted arrest before pulling out a handgun and pointing it at officers. Two Seymour Police oficers fired their handguns at the suspect, wounding him.

The suspect's gun was found to be loaded and had been reported as stolen. He was taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour where he died from his injuries.

No officers were injured in the incident.

An autopsy Tuesday confirmed the man to be Jason S. Cline of Beech Grove. State police say he has also gone by the names Jason Tabor and Jason Tabor Cline. Toxicology tests on Cline are pending and the investigation is ongoing.

The officers who fired at Cline have been placed on administrative leave during the investigation, per department protocol.

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