Indiana State Police have identified the Trooper who shot and killed a suspect in a police-action shooting over the weekend.
Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, spokesman for ISP’s Versailles Post, says that 44-year-old Quentin Starke died Saturday afternoon after being shot by Trooper Eric Williams, a member of the ISP SWAT Team. Authorities say that Williams, and other SWAT members, was searching a wooded area off of State Road 11 south of Columbus. Police say that Starke fired at Williams, narrowly missing the officer. From there, Williams, a 15-year ISP veteran, returned fire, striking Starke. Wheeles says that Trooper Williams and other SWAT team members immediately provided medical attention to Starke, but he died at the scene.
This scene unfolded after a shooting earlier in the day when Stark allegedly shot Columbus Police Sgt. Joshua McCrary when McCrary tried to stop Stark’s vehicle for a traffic violation at 11th and Washington Streets. Police say that Starke fled in the vehicle before driving into the field near where he ultimately died. Upon stopping and exiting his vehicle, authorities say that Starke shot at McCrary, who was still inside of his police car. McCrary was grazed by a bullet, causing injuries to his head. Starke then reportedly fled into a wooded area. Sgt. McCrary was treated for his injuries at Columbus Regional Hospital and released.
Wheeles says that an autopsy was completed on Starke at the Decatur County Memorial Hospital on Sunday. It indicated that Starke died as a result of the injuries he sustained when he was shot by Trooper Williams.
ISP says that the investigation is ongoing. Once completed, the case will be turned over to the Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s Office for review.