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Two dead after police altercation in Southern Indiana

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An LMPD cruiser sits outside the LMPD Downtown Area Patrol building.

Two people have died from gunshot wounds in a police altercation in Harrison County, Ind.

A Palmyra Police officer responded to a stopped vehicle driven by 31-year-old Justin Moore, of Owensboro, at around 9:30 p.m. Monday. Two additional people in a pick-up truck, described as “Good Samaritans” in the Indiana State Police (ISP) news release, pulled over to help as the officer arrived.

In the statement, ISP said shots were fired “within seconds” when the two people exited the truck. Moore and one of the truck’s occupants, 24-year-old Jacob Tyler McLanahan of Corydon, died.

Police have not identified how many weapons were involved, how many shots were fired or who fired them. The news release described the shooting as “officer involved.”

The officer was transported to the hospital for minor injuries. ISP is investigating the shooting, at the request of Harrison County authorities.

ISP Sgt. Carey Huls told WFPL News it’s unclear when more details about the shooting will be released.

John Boyle is a corps member with Report For America, a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms. John's coverage of Southern Indiana is funded, in part, by the Caesars Foundation of Floyd County, Community Foundation of Southern Indiana and Samtec, Inc.

John, News Editor for LPM, is a corps member with Report For America, a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms. Email John at jboyle@lpm.org.