A Knox County Sheriff’s deputy was involved in a shooting last night that claimed the life of a Vincennes man.
Indiana State Police say the Knox County deputy, whose name is being withheld, was traveling along Wilbur Street in Vincennes just before 10 pm last night when he was stopped by friends of 42-year-old Ross Darkis of Vincennes. Darkis’ friends told the deputy that Darkis was intoxicated and was on his front porch with a handgun.
Police say the deputy was then told by Darkis’ friends that Darkis had been in an argument with his girlfriend earlier in the evening and was very upset. The deputy, along with additional officers from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the Vincennes City Police Department went to Darkis’ home in the 200 block of Wilbur Street.
Once at the scene, officers attempted to get Darkis to surrender his weapon, but Darkis refused to cooperate. Officers used a taser and a weapon that discharges a small bean-bag in attempt to diffuse the situation, but both non-lethal weapons were unsuccessful.
At approximately 10:25 p.m., Darkis raised the handgun he was holding toward the officers. In order to protect themselves and other officers on scene, several of the officers fired their weapons. Darkis was struck multiple times and was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes where he was pronounced dead several minutes later.
No officers were injured during the shootout. All officer names are being withheld at this time. The Indiana State Police investigation into the incident is ongoing.
The Knox County Coroner’s Office also assisted at the scene.