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Greenwood police identify officers in fatal shooting of woman following vehicle pursuit

The shooting occurred outside the Greenwood Police Department.

GREENWOOD, Ind. — A woman was fatally shot by Greenwood police officers after a vehicle pursuit ended outside the police department late Tuesday, police said.

Shortly after 11 p.m., Greenwood officers responded to a report of a possibly-intoxicated driver near the intersection of Madison Avenue and County Line Road.

Officers located the car on Madison Avenue about one mile south of that intersection, and a high-speed pursuit ensued through downtown Greenwood, police said.

The suspect, later identified as 49-year-old Monica Vaught, of Greenwood, struck a guard wire on a telephone post during the pursuit but was not injured at that time.

The chase continued to the back parking lot of the Greenwood Police Department, near the intersection of South Washington Street and Surina Way, where a police spokesman said officers blocked the entrances in an attempt to stop the Vaught's erratic driving.

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Greenwood police shot and killed a woman who was driving recklessly in the police department's parking lot Tuesday night.

According to police, Vaught continued crashing forward and backward into the police cars that were blocking her in order to get out. Then, police said Vaught drove her car toward police officers, which is when they fired shots.

Police don't know if Vaught was struck by the initial gunshots as she continued driving in the parking lot for a few minutes.

According to police, Vaught stopped her car on the north end of the parking lot before revving her engine and driving toward the officers, who fired shots again, which ended the incident.

In total, four officers shot at Vaught. The department released the officers' names on April 5:

  • Sgt. Brandon Cox   (6.5 years)
  • Officer Elijah Allen (3 years)
  • Officer Ben Louzon (1.5 years)
  • Officer Zane Hennig (8 months)

The officers have been put on paid administrative leave during the investigation, due to the department's policy on officer-involved shootings.

Police rendered aid to Vaught until medics arrived, who pronounced her dead at the scene.

Police said there is body camera and surveillance footage of the incident.

Police confirmed they had several encounters with Vaught over the past couple of years.

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