After getting a call from his ex-girlfriend, sheriff’s deputies began looking for a man who was distraught and had threatened to harm himself.
They soon found Daryll K. Hedges, 31, in a park on the southside, sitting in his truck.
Soon after, a standoff began in Glenns Valley Nature Park, and Hedges was shot multiple times by police. He was rushed to an Indianapolis hospital. His condition was not available Thursday evening.
Johnson County Sheriff’s Office deputies Troy Montgomery, who has eight years of service, and Daniel Tomey, with five years of service, were involved in the shooting, which is being investigated by Indianapolis police, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.
Police don’t know if Hedges was carrying a weapon, but he continued to approach officers after they told him to stop, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Officer Christopher Wilburn said. Police believe Hedges was suicidal, Wilburn said.
The incident began at 9:48 a.m. when a woman called police to say she had broken up with Hedges, who was very distraught. He had sent her text messages saying that he was going to harm himself and that he had access to multiple weapons, the release said.
Deputies first went to look for Hedges in the 400 block of Prince Drive in the Sheffield Park neighborhood, off Morgantown Road, north of Smith Valley Road in the Center Grove area. He wasn’t there, but they soon learned of a place where he could be, the release said.
At Glenns Valley Nature Park, off Bluff Road, south of Stop 11 Road, deputies spotted Hedges’ truck, with a person inside.
Since the truck was found in Marion County, deputies called for Indianapolis police officers, the release said. Officers were called to assist between 10:45 and 11 a.m., and they arrived on the scene within minutes, Wilburn said.
The deputies and officers became engaged in a standoff with Hedges, the release said.
Hedges was rushed to Eskenazi Hospital after he was shot multiple times by both deputies, and lifesaving measures had to be taken in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, Wilburn said, as Hedges was bleeding profusely.
The shooting took place in the parking lot of the nature park, less than 200 feet from Bluff Road. Bluff Road was blocked off most of Thursday afternoon while the Indianapolis-Marion County forensics team photographed and collected evidence. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department will lead the investigation, since the shooting took place within its jurisdiction, Wilburn said. The investigation is ongoing.