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Greenwood Officers Shot; Suspect Killed.
(February 22, 2007)

Officers Down!

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office assisted Greenwood Police with a homicide investigation resulting from a police action shooting on Wednesday evening, February 21, 2007. Greenwood Police Officers Eric McElhaney and Officer Jay Arnold were both shot in the incident - McElhaney was shot multiple times. One witness told a Sheriff's Detective that both Officers McElhaney and Arnold's actions that he witnessed were heroic. Johnson County Sheriff Terry McLaughlin arrived on the scene within minutes of the incident and provided additional manpower for the City of Greenwood. Many officers came out and helped either dispatch or take emergency calls without being asked in a show of support and solidarity. Officer McElhaney has instructed S.T.O.P.S. (a police course teaching officers how to conduct safe traffic stops) to many Johnson County Sheriff's Deputies at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy during their initial training; Both McElhaney and Arnold's actions and survival during this traumatic incident are a testament to their skills as law enforcement officers. The men and women of the Sheriff's Office salute McElhaney, Arnold, all other officer's involved, and all dispatchers involved in this critical incident; Your proficiency, professionalism, and skill are recognized and appreciated; Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families as you sort out this tragedy.

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