Indiana officers serving warrant fatally shoot man in Wabash home

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Officers serving a search warrant at a northern Indiana home fatally shot a man and wounded a woman during an exchange of gunfire with the home’s occupants, state police said.

Roger D. Hipskind, 37, of Wabash was pronounced dead at the scene of Thursday evening’s shooting in Wabash and a 35-year-old woman was hospitalized in Fort Wayne, state police said.

No officers were injured in the exchange of gunfire, said Indiana State Police, which is investigating the fatal shooting in the city about 80 miles north of Indianapolis.

The shooting occurred as a SWAT team with the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department was serving the warrant as part of a criminal investigation conducted by the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department Police.

State police said its preliminary investigation found that after the SWAT team entered the home about 5:45 p.m. to serve the warrant, gunfire was exchanged between officers and the home’s occupants.

Hipskind and the woman appeared to have suffered gunshot wounds, state police said.

The agency said no additional details on the shooting would be immediately released. State police said results of its completed investigation will be forwarded to the Wabash County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

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