December 11, 2000, Monday IND/INDIANA Copyright 2000 The Courier-Journal The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY.) December 11, 2000, Monday IND/INDIANA (SELLERSBURG, Ind.) -- A Clark County man was in critical condition yesterday after he was shot by a Sellersburg police officer.
Matthew S. O'Bryan, 25, was shot in the chest after refusing to drop his gun, which he was pointing at a Sellersburg police officer, according to a news release issued by Indiana State Police at the Sellersburg post. The state police are helping investigate the shooting.
State troopers and Sellersburg police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance early yesterday, just after midnight, in the 200 block of Paradise Avenue in Sellersburg.
When they arrived at the residence, police learned that O'Bryan had left for his home, at 7004 Ind. 311, just south of Sellersburg in Clark County.
Yesterday police had not released the name of the person who lives on Paradise Avenue.
One Sellersburg officer stayed at the Paradise Avenue address to take a report from the resident, who claimed to have been battered by O'Bryan, while two state troopers and another Sellersburg officer went to O'Bryan's residence.
When they arrived, the troopers went to O'Bryan's front door and the Sellersburg officer to the back door.
Police say O'Bryan emerged from a basement door at the rear of the house and pointed a handgun at the Sellersburg officer. When the officer identified himself and told O'Bryan to drop the gun, he refused, and the officer shot him, state police said.
State police officers did not fire during the incident.
O'Bryan was taken to University of Louisville Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition yesterday, a hospital spokeswoman said. The family requested that no further information on him be released.
In addition to the state police, Sellersburg police and the Clark County prosecutor's office are investigating.