A young man from Muncie was slain on Tuesday after engaging in a battle with Randolph County sheriff’s deputies and exchanging gunfire with them. Brayden, A. Daniel Barnhouse, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting, according to Darin James, the coroner for Randolph County.
Randolph County deputies responded to a report of an overdose just before 5 p.m. in the 4000 block of East Elm Street in Union City, according to the Indiana State Police, who are looking into the fatal shooting. Union City was listed as the location. The person who was allegedly overdosing, later identified as Barnhouse, had walked away from the property, the deputies were told when they arrived.
Later, as Barnhouse was strolling through the unincorporated community of New Pittsburg, which is located in the Jackson Township of Randolph County and is about ten miles northeast of Union City, two sheriff’s deputies approached him.
The cops reportedly fired back at Barnhouse when he pulled out a 9 mm pistol, according to a news release from the Indiana State Police.
The 19-year-old male victim from Muncie was hurt by at least one gunshot. At the scene, attempts were made to revive him, but they failed. The shooting’s perpetrators were identified by the state police as sergeant Jeffrey Miller, who has 12 years of experience, and deputy Kevin Kouns, who has worked for the sheriff’s office for two years.
The notice states that one of the deputies sought medical attention for a “superficial wound.” The deputies will be placed on administrative leave while the investigation is conducted, as is normal following a shooting event involving law enforcement.
When it is concluded, David Daly, the Randolph County prosecutor, will be given access to the ISP probe.