No Criminal Charges to be Filed in 2016 Fatal Police-Involved Shooting

The police officers involved in the shooting death of William R. Newman last December will not be facing criminal charges.

Starke County Prosecutor Nick Bourff says his office has gone through all the reports sent in by the Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Knox Police Department, and Indiana State Police, as well as the autopsy report. After reviewing all that information, as well as the relevant statutes and case law, Bourff says he’s decided not to file any criminal charges.

The shooting happened on December 21, 2016 at Bailey’s Furniture on U.S. 35 south of Knox. The officers were trying to serve Newman with an arrest warrant, when he allegedly drove a pickup truck through a closed garage door, struck a Starke County Sheriff’s patrol car, and tried to run over another officer while attempting to flee.

Officers then fired their weapons, hitting the truck and Newman, who was the sole occupant. He was taken to Starke Hospital where he was pronounced dead.