BATESVILLE, Ind. (FOX19) - A Batesville man was shot to death Monday morning in an apparent case of self-defense, according to a joint release of the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office and the Batesville Police Department.
Officers responded to a domestic violence 911 call from the Canterbury Apartments on Arlington Drive shortly after 8 a.m. Monday, according to Police Chief Stan Holt.
At the scene, officers reportedly discovered a 46-year-old man dead from a gunshot wound to the chest.
Early indications are that he was shot by a juvenile resident of the apartment as the man was committing a “violent attack upon the juvenile’s mother while armed with a knife,” the release says.
The man’s relationship to the juvenile and the mother was not included in the release.
Police say witnesses at the scene as well as the juvenile have all been cooperative with investigators.
Franklin County Huerkamp and Holt concluded neither the juvenile nor his mother should be detained or placed under arrest at this time due to the “strong initial evidence of the justifiable use of deadly force.”
Under Indiana law, a person is justified in using deadly force and does not have a duty to retreat if that person “reasonably believes that force is necessary to prevent serious bodily injury to the person or a third person or the commission of a forcible felony.” (I.C. 35-41-3-2(c))
Heurkamp added his office has yet to make a final determination on whether his office will pursue criminal charges at the end of the investigation.
“I am fully confident that Chief Holt and the Batesville Police Department will conduct a thorough investigation and uncover the truth of how this occurred,” he said.