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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, March 07, 2018 12:01 am

North Manchester police shoot, kill truck driver

The Journal Gazette

Indiana State Police said Tuesday night they, at the request of the North Manchester Police Department, are investigating a police involved shooting in which a North Manchester man died.

The preliminary investigation by Indiana State Police Detective Michelle Jumper and Indiana State Police Detective Wendell Beachy revealed that Tuesday at 5:58 p.m. officers from the North Manchester Police Department initiated a traffic stop on a Chevrolet pickup truck for a traffic infraction. The truck's driver, Michael Kline, 40, North Manchester, stopped the truck in the parking lot of a business at 1601 Indiana 114, North Manchester.

Preliminary evidence indicates that at some point during the traffic stop, there was an incident that led to an officer from the North Manchester Police Department allegedly firing gunshots at Kline. Despite life saving measures by police officers and responding paramedics, Kline died from a gunshot wound, state police said.

No officers were injured in the incident.

Upon completion of the investigation, information will be given to the Wabash County Prosecutor's Office for review.