WARRICK COUNTY, Ind (WEHT) – Indiana State Police troopers confirm Chandler man Michael White, 64, died following a manhunt in northern Warrick County.
Officials say a U.S. Marshal’s Multi-Agency Taskforce located White Thursday near Lynnville and exchanged gunfire with White before he went into a barn. Police add that “all efforts” to communicate with White were unsuccessful and SWAT teams later found White unresponsive. EMS teams reported White died from his injuries. No officers were injured in the crossfire.
Police identified White as the suspect earlier this week and said he had active warrants out of Warrick County for dealing methamphetamine. Warrick County Sheriff Mike Wilder said White fired a shot during a brief pursuit before ditching his vehicle and fleeing on foot on Tuesday, sparking the search.
The Warrick County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook that White was spotted in the area of Clutter Road Wednesday night before he fled into the woods near Interlake.
Around 8 p.m. Thursday evening, Lynnville residents reported hearing sirens, gunshots and SWAT vehicles speeding by near Clutter Road. An ISP negotiator was on the scene and offered commands for White to either come outside of the barn without a weapon or to give officers a sign that he was still ok.
Eyewitness News crews on the scene heard a loud boom around 9:30 and law enforcement began leaving the scene around 10:00. Officials with the Warrick County Sheriff’s Office declined to explain what the noise was on the record. Lt. Marvin Bruce did thank the many other first responders groups who helped them search for White, adding that the safety of Warrick County residents was a main priority.
An investigation into White’s death has been launched by the Indiana State Police. While no timetable for information was immediately given, the results of the investigation will be handed over to the Warrick County Prosecutor’s Office.
Eyewitness News will continue to follow this story and provide the latest information as it becomes available.