Zionsville drug suspect fatally shot after chase, standoff with state troopers

Brent Krout

An Indiana State Police meth investigation ended with troopers killing a suspected dealer, a Zionsville man with a history of drug arrests and convictions.

Police chased 39-year-old Brent Krout of Zionsville through Owen and Morgan counties, leading up to a deadly standoff.

An ISP public information officer calls it an instance of "suicide by cop." Police insist Krout made it clear he wanted to die and gave troopers no choice but to fire.

The chase and seven-hour standoff ended about 6:30 Thursday morning. It began Wednesday night in northern Owen County, when troopers from the Meth Suppression Unit tried to pull him over.

"Once the red lights and sirens came on he took off and refused to stop and led police on a chase that covered miles," ISP spokesman Sgt. Curt Durnil explained.

Police stop sticks brought Krout's Mustang to a halt on SR 67 south of Paragon. More than a dozen state and county lawmen surrounded the car.

"He is sitting in the driver's seat behind the wheel," Durnil said "He is pointing the weapon at his head, under his chin, at his neck."

Court records show Krout has a 16-year criminal history of drug charges and convictions. He was supposed to be in a Marion County court Thursday on charges of possessing and dealing methamphetamine and illegal gun possession. Krout was free on a $100,000 bond.

During the more than seven-hour standoff, police say he refused to speak with negotiators, at one point shot out his own car window, firing away from police.

"It appears as if he was trying to provoke police officers to shoot at him, a 'suicide by cop' kind of thing," the trooper said.

When SWAT officers approached the car, they say Krout obeyed their order to get out.

"He opens the door, stands up in sort of an aggressive tactical position towards the officers, raises his weapon to our SWAT officers...of course, the officers fired on him," Durnil explained further. "I think it is no secret that if somebody points a weapon at a police officer, he has no other choice but to defend himself."

It remains an ongoing investigation. State police will investigate their troopers' actions. They expect the initial and separate drug investigation will yield arrests.