JOHNSON CO., Ind. (WISH) - A suspect was shot and killed by police in Johnson County on Wednesday, authorities there confirmed.
The incident happened near State Road 44 and County Road 900 West in Mt. Pleasant, which is about 6 miles east of Franklin.
According to authorities in the county, deputies received reports of a suspicious man walking with a backpack.
"Witnesses say he stopped in the cemetery and he looked like he was praying at a certain gravesite," said Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox.
When deputies arrived to the scene they asked the man for identification.
While looking up the man's information, the suspect told deputies he was wanted on an outstanding warrant and gave them another ID.
"The officers began to get ready to place the individual under arrest and while searching him, the subject fled on foot," said Cox.
Deputies attempted to use a stun gun on the suspect when they say he pulled out a weapon and shots were exchanged.
The suspect was shot and killed.
"He was armed, his finger was in the trigger and his 9 mm handgun was back in the locked position," said Cox. "There were several witnesses to this that live in a house nearby and the information appears to back up what the officers have said. At this point and time I don't have any affirmative information on the victim because at this point we're not sure he is who he says he is, even at this point," said Cox.
The deputies involved are now on desk duty until the investigation is completed. Indiana State Police are now investigating.
Police say there were three headstones damaged by bullets in the shooting.
The Sheriff is asking for families to check on headstones in the Second Mount Pleasant Cemetery to see if there is any damage following the incident.
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