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Indiana State Police investigating officer-involved shooting in Wabash, suspect had airsoft gun

A 51-year-old man was transported to a Fort Wayne hospital and no one else was injured, ISP said.

WABASH, Ind. — Indiana State Police are investigating after a man was shot by police in Wabash on Tuesday night.

Officers from the Wabash County Sheriff's Department and the Wabash Police Department were attempting to serve a search warrant as part of a narcotics investigation at a residence in the 300 block of West Maple Street around 8:30 p.m. at the time of the shooting, according to ISP.

As officers were making entry, a deputy with the Wabash County Sheriff's Department allegedly saw a 51-year-old man inside with what appeared to be a handgun, ISP said. Police said they told the man multiple times to drop the gun. When he refused, police said the officer fired multiple shots, hitting the man at least once.

The man was taken to a Fort Wayne hospital and is expected to survive. ISP said no one else was injured in the incident.

Police said when they checked the suspect's gun, they found it was a realistic replica airsoft gun. Police said there was no orange tip and looked like a real gun.

Information will be forwarded to the Wabash County Prosecutor's Office for review upon completion of the ISP investigation.

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