No charges against Indiana State Police trooper in shooting death

Indiana State Police
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The Montgomery County prosecutor issued a ruling Wednesday stating the state trooper who fatally shot a suspect on U.S. 231 acted in self-defense and will not face criminal charges.

Posted: Mar 6, 2019 4:38 PM

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The Montgomery County prosecutor issued a ruling Wednesday stating the state trooper who fatally shot a suspect on U.S. 231 acted in self-defense and will not face criminal charges.

Related: Complete Glenn Rightsell death investigation

"Any time someone dies as a result of police action, hard questions need to be asked and an appropriate investigation needs to be done," said Montgomery County Prosecutor Joseph Buser.

"Sufficient evidence exists that Mr. Organ was subjectively in fear of death or serious bodily injury and that he honestly believed a gun was being drawn to shoot him," said the conclusion from Buser. "From the facts and circumstances known to Mr. Organ at the time of the shooting, there is insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Organ's actions were not objectively reasonable. The State cannot disprove self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt. This Office concludes that the State of Indiana will not file criminal charges against Daniel Organ."

Glenn A. Rightsell, 56, of Linden was working on a disabled car on U.S 231 near North Montgomery High School when he was approached by Trooper Daniel Organ and the shooting occurred.

The report said Rightsell had a functional and loaded semi-automatic pistol in an open-top holster on his right hip when he was approached by the trooper.

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