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THPD officer killed in line of duty

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

TERRE HAUTE -- The Indiana State Police Criminal Investigation Division is investigating the death of a Terre Haute City Police Officer who was shot while serving a felony theft probation warrant from Sullivan County.

On Monday, at approximately 3:27 p.m., members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force were serving the warrant at a residential house that had been converted to several individual apartments located at 1812 N. 8th St., Terre Haute.

Involved in the warrant service with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force were one deputy U.S. Marshal, two Indiana State Troopers and two Terre Haute Police Officers. His K-9 partner, "Shadow", accompanied one of the THPD officers.

Upon officers entering the residence, gunfire erupted and Officer Brent Long, 34, and his K-9 partner were struck by shots allegedly fired by the suspect wanted on the warrant. Officers did return fire.

Officer Long was removed from the residence by members of the Terre Haute Police Department Special Response Team and immediately treated at the scene by paramedics from the Terre Haute Fire Department. He was transported to Union Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Officer Long was a six-year veteran of the Terre Haute Police Department and was a K-9 handler as well as a member of the Special Response Team. Autopsy results are pending on the officer and suspect.

Officer Long's K-9 was transported to a local veterinary hospital for treatment.

The alleged shooter was found deceased in the apartment. Currently, his name has not been released.

ISP officials said this is an ongoing investigation.

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God speed Brent. Heartfelt prayers go out to the family of Brent Long and to the brothers and sisters in LE, EMS, and THFD. It's never easy to lose somebody but when it's one of our own....well, words can't describe it. Special prayers go out for Shadow...you are loved too boy!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Tue, Jul 12, 2011, at 11:09 AM

Very sad day when one of the finest officers anywhere was killed in the line of duty. Thoughts and prayers to Brent's family and friends.

-- Posted by JaniLou on Tue, Jul 12, 2011, at 4:50 PM

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