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Officers Fatally Shoot Man Outside Evansville Courthouse

The body of the suspect in Tuesday's shooting is removed from the scene at the federal building in Evansville.

Photo: Paola Marizan (WNIN News)

The body of the suspect in Tuesday's shooting is removed from the scene at the federal building in Evansville.

Police say a bat-wielding man has been fatally shot by officers in a confrontation outside a federal courthouse in Indiana.

Police say 55-year-old Ricky Ard had been escorted from the building Monday and then returned a day later with a baseball bat.

Evansville Police Sgt. Jason Cullum says Ard swung the bat at the front doors of the building, breaking glass and injuring a federal officer inside.

A short time later, an Evansville police officer arrived and tried to stop Ard with a taser, but Cullum said it was “ineffective” and both officers fired their guns at the bat-wielding suspect.

Witness Scotty Williams tells the Evansville Courier & Press the man appeared angry and had a bat he was “slinging everywhere.” He says the man approached an officer with the bat and that officer shot him four or five times.

Ard died on the concrete plaza in front of the federal building.

“A baseball bat is a kid’s toy when you go to a Little League game. When you show up at a federal courthouse and you start breaking out windows of the door and injuring federal security officers, you’re not using that as a baseball bat or as a kid’s toy, you’re using that as an impact weapon,” Sgt. Cullum says.

Cullum said the Evansville Police Department is the lead agency investigating the officer-involved shooting.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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