Man involved in police action shooting died from gunshot wounds to torso

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A Reelsville man involved in a police action shooting died from two gunshot wounds to the upper torso, according to the Putnam County coroner.

William Williams was fatally shot by officers Sunday after police said he charged officers while holding two butcher type knives in his hands.

Indiana State Police were called to the 11000 block of South County Road 300 West on reports of a domestic disturbance around 7:30 p.m. Sunday. They found Williams locked inside the master bedroom. Authorities believed Williams was trying to hurt himself so they unlocked the door. That's when they said Williams charged officers, wielding a knife in each of his hands.

Officers used a taser to try to subdue Williams. The shock failed to subdue Williams. Police said he continued to attack the officers. Williams pinned one officer in the bedroom. That's when the other officers began firing at Williams.

The officers involved in the incident include Indiana State Police Trooper Brian Thomas, Indiana Conservation Officers Patrick Labhart and Chris Springstone, Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputy Sergeant Jon Chadd and Cloverdale Police Officer Charles Hallam.  

Indiana State Police said the circumstances indicate the officers acted appropriately but that the investigation is ongoing.

The coroner said Williams suffered a total of four gunshot wounds.

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