Statement issued Wednesday:
Fort Wayne, IN – Since 1946, the Indiana State Police has held a firearms competition at the firearms range located at its post in Putnamville. The Putnamville Pistol Match is comprised of a four-person team from each of the 14 State Police posts, one from General Headquarters and was held at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield yesterday, July 26th.
The Match is a highly competitive and stressful competition which helps determine the Department’s “top guns”. This year, the team representing the Fort Wayne post claimed the top honor as the Pistol Match Champion and also saw three of its team members place in the top 20.
Each year the firearms instructor at each post, as part of one of the annual training sessions, records the scores of bulls-eye target shooting (conventional style), which will also determine the best four shooters to represent that post as a team. As it is not mandatory, only those that wish to compete will make up a team. The instructor then tries to set aside practice time prior to the match to pass on additional information about match rules, shooting techniques and requirements.
The Fort Wayne post’s championship team was represented by:
•Master Trooper Jarrod R. Alexander, a 20 year veteran of the Indiana State Police
•Senior Trooper Marc D. Leatherman, a 12 year veteran of the Indiana State Police
•Senior Trooper Joel D. Lemmon, a 12 year veteran of the Indiana State Police
•Trooper John G. Silver, a 2 year veteran of the Indiana State Police
The Fort Wayne post is also proud to announce that Silver, Alexander and Leatherman distinguished themselves amongst the Department’s elite marksmen by placing 5th, 6th and 14th respectively in the highly coveted “High 20” category.