Police ID man shot and killed in Harmony

Saturday, March 21, 2015 ~ Updated 7:25 PM

Clay County deputies shot and killed a Harmony man Saturday morning after police say he pointed a firearm at them and other people at the scene.

Gary Page, 60, died about an hour after the shooting at St. Vincent Clay Hospital in Brazil. An autopsy is scheduled for this morning in Terre Haute.

Indiana State Police criminal investigation detectives continue to look into the shooting at Pines Apartments, 1790 East Vorhees St. in Harmony. Their initial investigation shows that just after 9 a.m., Clay County 911 dispatch received a call from Page requesting officers come to his residence so "they could shoot him." Two minutes later, dispatch received another call from a person at the scene who said Page was at the apartment complex and "has a firearm and was going crazy."

"When Clay County deputies made contact with Page upon their arrival, Page pointed his firearm at them and other people at the scene," according to an ISP report. "This resulted in the deputies being forced to stop Page's lethal actions towards those at the scene by discharging their firearms at Page."

Page suffered gunshot wounds and was given first aid by officers as they waited for an ambulance. He was then transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital.

"Any loss of life is tragic and it is regrettable that Mr. Page felt his only option in this incident was to threaten officers and others with deadly force as compared to peacefully surrendering and having his day in a court of law," ISP spokesman Curt Durnill said.

Clay County Sheriff Paul Harden said none of the three deputies involved were injured in the shooting. He said it is protocol to have another agency investigate a police-action shooting.

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  • unclegrabby: YOU are probably one of the main reasons the opportunity to comment on articles is sometimes removed.

    Shut it!

    -- Posted by My Dime on Sun, Mar 22, 2015, at 7:47 AM
  • Unclegrabby

    Your island called and they want there idiot back.

    -- Posted by Anarchy on Sun, Mar 22, 2015, at 9:24 AM
  • When a person, who is obviously hell-bent on dying points a weapon at you, you would have no choice except to shoot.

    No LEO starts his shift planning on taking someone's life.

    Prayers to all involved.

    -- Posted by My Dime on Sun, Mar 22, 2015, at 9:45 AM
  • Unclecrabby

    We anxiously await the story of when you have a gun pointed at you by somebody not in their right mind, just how you were able instantly to use non lethal force when the person is twenty feet away.

    Please Please Please enlighten us poor dumb folks and then start training the police how to do it.

    Your a fruitcake

    -- Posted by T-REX on Sun, Mar 22, 2015, at 11:27 AM
  • Common sense dictates that if you display and point a firearm at an officer, they have the right and duty to protect themselves and the public. In reading the initial comment, it's obvious that common sense is not evenly distributed across the population...

    -- Posted by NVK on Sun, Mar 22, 2015, at 2:05 PM
  • unclegrabby, please enlighten us on how you would have handled the situation??

    -- Posted by Matt Dillion on Sun, Mar 22, 2015, at 2:06 PM
  • Here's the BLUF .. the victim knew what the outcome of this situation would be as indicated in his phone call to the police to come "shoot him". The victim would have made sure to receive exactly what he wanted in this instance.

    He got his wish.

    Prayers for his family and friends. Sad loss of life.

    -- Posted by Emmes on Mon, Mar 23, 2015, at 11:14 AM
  • Unclegrabby, if, as you say, "Clay County wants to get in on the cops killing folks spotlight too", they would've come after you first. Sometime you should look up "suicide by police", a sad but very real way some people decide to go out of this world. It is a terrible thing for our law enforcers to face, but when the gun is pointed at them, they have no choice. I think you post your rants just to stir up the pot.

    -- Posted by catbaby on Wed, Mar 25, 2015, at 12:43 PM
  • unclegrabby

    I hear you...too bad no one else cares about life there...Most of those cops are lazy and corrupt. Just want to get rid of people and let bad things happen to women!


    more like two cents...you shut up!

    -- Posted by ccvictim on Sun, Mar 29, 2015, at 2:56 PM
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