A New Castle man was shot and fatally wounded by police this morning after he shot a New Castle Officer in the chest. The events started around 4:13 a.m. when New Castle Officers responded to the area of “K” Ave. and Columbus St., just west of Main St., to a report of a man breaking into cars.
When two New Castle Officers arrived they found the suspect, Jarred Burke, age 24 of New Castle, and he refused to stop, attempting to flee on a bicycle. A Police K-9 was released and it apprehended the suspect behind a church at 1741 Columbus St. As officers ran up to call off the dog and apprehend Burke, he pulled out a handgun and fired a shot at close range into the chest of one of the officers. The officer returned fire hitting Burke.
Medical attention was immediately summoned to the scene, with the officer and suspect both being taken to Henry Community Health Hospital, where Jarred Burke later succumbed to his injuries. The officer was treated for a non-life threatening injury, as it is believed the protective vest worn by the officer prevented a possibly fatal wound. The name of the officers involved will be released at a later time.
This release was prepared for the Henry County Major Investigations Team at the request of Henry County Prosecutor Joe Bergacs. That team, which is used to investigate major crimes in Henry County, consists of officers from the Indiana State Police, Henry County Sheriff’s Department and the New Castle Police Department. Please refer any questions to Henry County Prosecutor Joe Bergacs.