Preliminary investigative report sent to prosecutor in ISP shooting case

Friday, January 18, 2019

CRAWFORDSVILLE -- The Indiana State Police advise that the preliminary investigative report of the officer-involved fatal shooting of Glenn Rightsell, 56, Linden, by Trooper Daniel Organ that occurred on Dec. 28 has been submitted to the Montgomery County Prosecutorís Office.

The report is pending finalization the result of any follow-up investigative requests from the Prosecutorís Office, and the inclusion of the autopsy report which is anticipated to be received within the next several weeks.

While the prosecutorís review process is occurring the Indiana State Police will have no further comment related to this investigation.

The incident began to unfold just before 4 p.m. Dec. 28 on U.S. 231 near North Montgomery High School when the trooper stopped and checked a black 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe that appeared abandoned on the side of the road. Organ tagged the vehicle and proceeded on his normal patrol.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. the same trooper was driving southbound past the Tahoe he had tagged earlier and saw that a second car, a white 2018 Dodge had pulled up in front of the Tahoe. A subject, later identified as Rightsell, was at the front of the vehicle with the hood open.

As the trooper approached the Tahoe, he identified himself as a law enforcement officer and gave verbal commands to Rightsell, who police say failed to comply with the directions and allegedly grabbed the gun on his waist. Trooper Organ drew his sidearm and fired upon Rightsell, striking him at least once.

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