Police ID man shot and killed in Harmony
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.