Court documents released in officer-involved shooting

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OAKLAND CITY, Ind. (WEHT) — Eyewitness News is learning more details after a man died in an officer-involved shooting Sunday.

According to court documents filed Monday, Paula Faries told police arriving on the scene her husband, 69-year-old Michael Faries, had called dispatch because she had complained about noises at the residence. When officers arrived Faries’ wife initially refused to let them enter the home. Since Michael Faries called 9-1-1, officers informed his wife they needed to check on his well-being. 

Paula Faries told an Indiana State trooper as a deputy sheriff and a city police officer entered their living room, she heard her husband yelling and the deputy sheriff saying “let me see your hands” and then she heard gun shots.

Court documents say “there is probable cause to believe that Mr. Faries was in process of pulling a gun on Deputy, which prompted Deputy to fire his weapon in self-defense.”

Documents also suggest Faries had a history of mental illness. There was no evidence of anyone shooting at the home prior to authorities arriving.

Investigators have still not questioned the deputy involved. They say protocol allows the deputy 48 hours before having to answer questions.

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