After continuing to investigate the officer-involved shooting that occurred Sunday morning, February 5, 2023, in Mitchell, Indiana, Detectives with the Indiana State Police have the following additional information to release that includes the names of the wounded officers and the deceased suspect.
One of the officers involved in the police involved shooting this morning in Mitchell, Indiana is Lawrence County Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Rhoades, a five year veteran of the department with the past three years served as a road deputy.
The incident also involved Mitchell Police Officer Christian Anderson, a three year veteran of the police department.
Deputy Rhoades suffered two non-life threatening gunshot wounds.
He was first transported by ambulance to IU Bedford Hospital and then transferred by helicopter to IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He has sense been released from the hospital.
Officer Anderson suffered one non-life threatening gunshot wound.
He was transported by ambulance to IU Bedford then transferred to IU Methodist by helicopter for treatment. He remains hospitalized in stable condition.
The suspect was identified as 29-year-old Anthony Richmond of West Baden Springs, Indiana.
He received emergency medical aid at the scene by officers and firefighters, he was loaded into an ambulance and was pronounced deceased in the ambulance.
Preliminary investigation has revealed Richmond fired several rounds at the officers while they were physically apprehending him after he fled from the original location of the traffic stop.
The incident was captured on the officers’ body cameras and the footage is being reviewed by investigators.
Lawrence County Sheriff Greg Day, said. “This tragic incident underscores the dangers that law enforcement officers face each day, even in our beloved Lawrence County. I am extremely proud of the actions and response by officers from my office as well as our law enforcement and first responder partners. I am very thankful Deputy Rhoades and Officer Anderson will make full recoveries, and I am mindful that a family is mourning the loss of a loved one. The lives of many people were affected by a senseless criminal act. Thank you to our brave officers for their dedication and courage.”
The Indiana State Police is the lead investigating agency for this incident, any information about this case will be released from the Indiana State Police or the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office. Releasing unconfirmed information prematurely, can adversely affect the integrity of an investigation and be detrimental to family members of those involved.