(12-18-20) There are two items for release as related to this investigation.

First and foremost, Huntington County Prosecutor Amy Richison has recused herself from this investigation.  In her place, Whitley County Prosecutor D.J. Sigler has been assigned to serve as Special Prosecutor.

Secondly, the initial news release stated there was an “exchange of gunfire” during this incident. As the investigation progressed, it became clear that there was no exchange of gunfire but that the officers felt the suspect’s conduct with the backhoe rendered him an imminent danger to both police officers and civilians. As previously released, the suspect, Matthew T. Melzoni, 36, of Wabash, Indiana was killed during this incident.

This still remains an active ongoing criminal investigation.  State Police investigators expect to have their investigation complete and turned over to Special Prosecutor D.J. Sigler for review within the next few days.

There is no further information to release at this time.

**UPDATED RELEASE OF INFORMATION**

The following information is being released as an update to the Indiana State Police investigation into the officer involved shooting yesterday in Huntington. (The original news release is included below.)

The Huntington County Coroner’s Office has completed an autopsy of the deceased male involved in yesterday’s police action shooting.  The deceased male has been positively identified as Matthew T. Melzoni, 36, of Wabash, Indiana.  The coroner’s office has made notification to Melzoni’s family.

Toxicology results related to the autopsy are pending, and not available for release at this time.

As this is an ongoing criminal investigation by the Indiana State Police, and as such, no further information regarding the autopsy is available for release at this time.

(Huntington, IN)-  12-13-20 – At the request of the Huntington Police Department, the Indiana State Police has been called to investigate an officer involved shooting incident that occurred early this morning in Huntington, IN.  This shooting incident resulted in one Huntington police officer being shot, suffering serious but non-life threatening injuries, and one adult male suspect being shot and pronounced dead at the scene.

At approximately 3:35am, Huntington Police responded to a disturbance call in the 100 block of Shultz Drive on the city’s southwest side.  Upon arrival, officers encountered an adult male suspect operating a backhoe style piece of machinery, actively destroying property around the neighborhood.  Officers from Huntington Police Department and the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department became engaged in a lengthy pursuit of the suspect around the neighborhood, to include the area of the Horace Mann Elementary and Riverside Middle School campus, where he continued causing damage to private and public property. 

During the course of this pursuit an exchange of gunfire took place, resulting in the injury of one Huntington police officer, and the death of the adult male suspect.  The Huntington police officer was transported by ambulance to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, where he was last listed in serious but stable condition.  The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene by the Huntington County Coroner.  There were no other officers nor bystanders injured during the course of this shooting incident.

The Indiana State Police will not be releasing the identities of the officers involved in this incident until the Huntington County Prosecutor has reviewed the completed case investigation and subsequently authorizes the release of that information.

The identity of the deceased suspect will be released after the Huntington County Coroner’s Office has completed their portion of the investigation and made official notification to family members.

This is an active and ongoing criminal investigation by the Indiana State Police.  Once the criminal investigation is complete, the investigation will be turned over to the Huntington County Prosecutor for review and determination of charges, if any, to be filed.

There is no further information to release at this time.