Officers shoot, kill Vincennes man


Officers trying to subdue a man with a gun fatally shot him Monday night on his front porch. Police say Ross Darkis, 42, threatened them with the gun and was shot multiple times. He later died at the hospital.

According to Indiana State Police, a Knox County Deputy was driving on Wilbur Street in Vincennes when he was flagged down by friends of Darkis, who lives on that street, just before 10:00 p.m. Darkis appeared to be intoxicated and was holding a handgun on his front porch after he had been arguing with his girlfriend.

Additional officers from Knox County and Vincennes City Police arrived and tried to get Darkis to surrender his weapon, but he refused. Attempts to taser Darkis did not subdue him.

At approximately 10:25 p.m., Darkis raised the handgun toward the officers.  In the face of that threat, they fired their weapons, striking Darkis multiple times.  He was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, where he was pronounced dead several minutes later.

The identity of the Vincennes City Police Officers and Knox County Sheriff's Deputy involved in the shooting are not being released at this time.

No officers were injured.

The investigation is continuing.