Wounded Trooper Lents Set To Return to Work

An Indiana State Police trooper from the Jasper post wounded in the line of duty last week will soon be back on the job.

Trooper Jarrod Lents of Loogootee was wounded on Monday of last week in an exchange of gunfire with a 60-year-old Shoals man who police say was robbing the Black Oak Armaments Gun Shop in Montgomery.

The nine-year veteran of the force was struck multiple times during the incident, was treated at an Evansville hospital and released that same night. The man suspected of shooting Lents, 60-year-old James Jones of Shoals, died at the scene.

State Police officials expect Lents to be back to full duty status on Monday. Lents himself is ready to go, but some of his equipment damaged during the incident notably body armor must be replaced. Once his replacement equipment has arrived, Lents will return to work.