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All four Bedford Police Officers back on duty following officer involved shooting in September 2023

BEDFORD - FEBRUARY 20, 2024 - Bedford Police Chief Terry Moore informed the Bedford Board of Works that all four officers now have returned to work following the officer involved shooting that left Daymon Hubbard age 47, Bedford, Indiana dead on September 28, 2023.


Bedford Police Officers Clay Blackburn, Nick Crulo, and Officer Brent Tompkins have been placed on leave since the September 28, 2023 shooting.


A fourth officer Bedford Police Department Sgt. Toby Gerkin who had no involvement in the shooting has already returned to work.


Photo: All four Bedford Police officers have been cleared of the criminal and department investigations and have returned to work


The four officers were placed on paid administrative leave per department policy following the night of the shooting.


On October 31, 2023 Sgt. Toby Gerkin returned to work after it was discovered Sgt. Gerkin was not involved the firing of his duty weapon.


Part of the department's policy requires an investigation into the incident which was performed by the Indiana State Police and Bedford Police Department Administrative Internal Investigative review of policies and procedures.


After three months, a 86 page report was turned over to Lawrence County Prosecutor Samuel Arp II for his review.


Below Prosecutor Sam Arp III previous press release:





Lawrence County Prosecutor Sam Arp III cleared the three officers of any criminal wrong doing of the three officers.


Below Bedford Police previous press release:



The following day the Bedford Police Department released video footage who made official public records requests.


The department internal investigation began after the criminal investigation concluded.


After two weeks, the department Executive Board determined that all three officers performed within the scope of their duties.


Officer Blackburn, Crulo, and Tompkins returned to active duty Saturday January 20,2023.


All three received medical clearance before returning to active duty.


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BEDFORD - SEPTEMBER - 29, 2023 - A Bedford man is dead and three Bedford, Indiana police officers are placed on leave following a officer involved shooting Thursday night.


The three officers names have not been released at this time.


 Placing officers on leave is common practice when officers are involved in these types of incidents.


The Bedford Police officers were assisted by officers from the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, and Oolitic Marshal's office after shots rang out Thursday night.


Two vehicles which included the vehicle the suspect was driving, came to rest next to the home at 2755 Western Avenue and colliding with a Bedford police cruiser.


 Neighbors told the Lawrence County Zephyr that the shots could be heard several blocks.


Bedford Mayor Sam Craig, Bedford Police Chief Terry Moore and Lawrence County Prosecutor Sam Arp II was on the scene along with numerous law enforcement officers.


Police cruisers lined Western Avenue, the alley west of Western Avenue and 29th Street throughout the night into Friday morning.


A chaplain arrived on the scene about 11:30 pm to assist the family and emergency personnel.


As of 4:30 am the scene was still being processed by the Indiana State Police.



Photo: Investigators from the Indiana State Police was contacted to lead the investigation of an officer involved shooting on Western Avenue in Bedford


The Indiana State Police released the following press release just before 4:35 am Friday morning on the shooting.



 Detectives from the Indiana State Police Bloomington and Jasper Districts initiated, late Thursday evening, an investigation into a police officer-action shooting involving three officers from the Bedford Police Department.



The incident started earlier Thursday, at approximately 9:57 p.m., when a female subject arrived at the Bedford Police Department wishing to file a harassment complaint and report she was followed by a male subject, later identified as Daymon A. Hubbard, 47, of Bedford, to the police department in a gray Chevrolet Trax.


Photo: Bedford Police Chief Terry Moore talks with Bedford Mayor Sam Craig Thursday night


 At approximately 10:05 p.m., a Bedford officer believed he observed the Chevrolet Trax on 17th Street near the K Street intersection.


Bedford officers followed the vehicle to the Western Avenue area when a vehicle pursuit was initiated.



The Chevrolet Trax struck a patrol vehicle during the pursuit.


When Hubbard arrived at 2755 Western Avenue, the incident escalated, and three Bedford Police Department officers discharged their weapons.


 At approximately 10:37 p.m., officers requested an ambulance, and Hubbard was transported to IU Health Bedford Hospital where he succumbed to his gunshot wounds.



The incident involving the Bedford Police Officers was captured on body cameras. Investigators from the Bloomington and Jasper Districts as well as Crime Scene Investigators from both districts responded to the scene. Crime Scene Investigators documented and processed evidence at the incident location.


The Lawrence County Prosecutor's Office responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.


No uninvolved citizens or officers were injured during the incident.


Bedford Police Department Chief Terry Moore advised the three officers would be placed on administrative leave.


 The information in this release is preliminary as the matter remains under investigation and detectives are working closely with the prosecutor’s office.


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