... Hostage situation started in Watseka ...
Authorities in Indiana say an in-depth investigation has resulted in a ruling that officers involved in a shooting in White County earlier this month were justified.
The episode began in Watseka (IL) involving a hostage. It was on April 9, when Don Smith of Elkhart, iNDIANA robbed a Watseka office building and lead authorities from more than 10 agencies on a pursuit that eventually ended near Monon, Ind.
The hostage was eventually freed and unharmed, but the 29-year-old Smith was shot after pointing his firearm at police.
Indiana State Police said officers were able to box in the suspect's stolen vehicle. But when the suspect pointed his firearm, officers defended themselves by fatally wounding Smith.
White County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Guy said the officers involved were justified in shooting Smith. Four officers from two agencies fired their weapons.