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Man Shot, Killed By New Castle Police After Shooting An Officer First In The Chest

State Police say Jarred Burke, 24, shot a New Castle officer, who returned fire and killed Burke.

NEW CASTLE, Ind. Indiana State Police say a man was shot and killed by officers in New Castle Sunday morning after he had shot a police officer in the chest. 

New Castle Police were called to “K” Avenue and Columbus Street, just west of Main Street, to a report of a man breaking into cars shortly before 4:15 a.m. Sunday.

Investigators say Jarred Burke, 24, of New Castle, refused to stop and took off on a bicycle.  A Police K-9 was released and it stopped Burke behind a church at 1741 Columbus Street.  

As officers ran up to call off the dog, detectives say Burke pulled out a handgun and fired a shot at close range into the chest of one of the officers.  The officer returned fire hitting Burke.

Both Burke and the officer were taken to Henry Community Health Hospital, where Burke later died.  State Police say the officer was treated for a non-life threatening injury because the protective vest worn by the officer prevented him from being killed.

The name of the officers involved have not yet been released.

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