On Monday, Georgetown, Ind., deputies responded to a call from a woman who said her son was attacking her and had drugs in their home in this rural Indiana town.
Deputy Frank Denzinger and Deputy Joel White responded to the call, and while both were speaking to the teen’s mother and aunt in their driveway the boy , Tyler Dumstorf, opened fire, hitting both deputies in the back.
According to the Associated Press, the two deputies never had a chance to grab their weapons before they were both shot.
Deputy Denzinger, who was a 4-year veteran of the sheriff’s department, died hours after he was shot, Floyd County Sheriff Darrell Mills said. Deputy White, who has been with the department 17 months, was hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday morning. This afternoon his condition was upgraded to serious.
Investigators are still trying to sort out what led up to this tragic shooting and said Tyler’s mother is cooperating fully with police. A neighbor said that recently, before Monday’s incident, his mother had caught her son smoking pot, and after sternly reprimanding him for it Tyler tried to kill himself over it. But on Monday his mother said Tyler became erratic and threatened to shoot her, which is why she called police. After shooting the two deputies, Tyler fired the gun twice at his mother, but missed. His mother had originally gone to a neighbors house to make the 911 call and tried to tell the Deputies they needed to be careful when approaching her son.
After the deputies were shot Tyler allegedly wrote in a message on his MySpace, “I just killed two cops. Goodbye.” Scores of officers spent hours after nightfall combing the rural subdivision and the surrounding woods trying to find Tyler before he hurt anyone else or himself. Shortly after midnight police made their way back to the Dumstorf house and found Tyler’s body on the floor of his kitchen.
Floyd County Coroner Greg Balmer confirmed Dumstorf’s death, but neither he nor a state police spokesman would say how the teen died or if he was found with a weapon
Sargent Jerry Goodin said “The whole community here should be enraged, there’s a lot of us who are heartbroken.”
Goodin also said officers arrested two other people during their search for Dumstorf but declined to discuss how they were involved.
A neighbor of the Dumstorf’s who saw the shooting also confirmed the Deputies never had a chance to pull their weapons before they were both shot. Neighbors said they never expected this ending from the teen but also said he was often quiet and withdrawn in the neighborhood and kept to himself a lot.
A neighbor, who requested to remain anonymous, told The Associated Press, “No one was ready for it, the cops didn’t have a chance to pull their guns.”
Residents were evacuated from about 25 homes in the area 10 miles west of Louisville, Ky., but allowed to return after police found the teens body.
Associated Press, Cops: Indiana Teen Shoots Cops, Kills 1, http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/06/19/national/main2947497.shtml