Officer fatally shoots western Indiana fugitive

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

State police say an officer fatally shot a western Indiana man who authorities were searching for after he fled from a courtroom when he was about to be sentenced.

State police say officers spotted 26-year-old Justin Compton in the Vigo County town of Seelyville when he ran into a wooded area Wednesday night. Police say a Terre Haute officer using a search dog located Compton and shot him after Compton approached with a knife.

Vigo County chief deputy Clark Cottom says family members had told investigators that Compton had a terminal illness and had vowed that he wouldn't die in prison. He fled from the courthouse in Terre Haute last week.

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