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Man shot by citizen struggling with a conservation officer identified

OHIO COUNTY, Ind. (WKRC) - A good Samaritan may have saved a conservation officer's life by shooting a man struggling with the officer Monday, February 20.

The suspect was killed. Police have identified him as 25-year-old Justin K. Holland of Moores Hill, Indiana.

Holland and the officer were involved in a physical altercation in the 8300 block of SR-56, east of Aberdeen, Indiana. The off-duty conservation officer was answering a call about a suspicious person. Officials said the off-duty officer taking the call was normal because of the large size of the county.

At some point in their interaction, Holland began to resist the officer and an altercation started. There was no word yet on what led up to it, but a woman who lived nearby came to assist the officer. She saw what was happening and fired one shot. That shot hit Holland who was given first aid by witnesses and was transported to Dearborn County Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The conservation officer was injured and also taken to Dearborn County Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

The woman and the officer's name involved in the altercation have not been released.

Police continue to investigate the incident. Route-56 was reopened Monday afternoon around 4:45.


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