Prosecutor: Seymour officers justified in fatal shooting

Updated 3/19/2021 8:35 PM

SEYMOUR, Ind. -- A prosecutor has determined that the use of deadly force in the fatal police shooting of a man who pointed a gun at officers in southern Indiana was justified.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jeffrey A. Chalfant said Friday in a release that an investigation showed Jason Cline posed a threat to the officers who chased him after about $700 in merchandise was reportedly stolen Nov. 1 from a store in Seymour.


Seymour Officer Cody Teltow saw Cline, 43, near a gas station with the merchandise, according to Chalfant.

Teltow chased Cline who ran into a ditch. When Officer Blake McCrary caught up to them, Teltow was trying to arrest Cline who pointed a stolen handgun at the officer, Chalfant said.

Cline was shot 10 times by both officers and died at a hospital.

The shooting was investigated by the state police.

Seymour is about 60 miles (96 kilometers) south of Indianapolis.

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