Officers fatally shoot man outside Indiana courthouse
Posted August 29
EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Police say a bat-wielding man has been fatally shot by officers in a confrontation outside a federal courthouse in Indiana.
Evansville police Sgt. Jason Cullum says an Evansville police officer and a federal courthouse security officer fired Tuesday morning on 55-year-old Ricky Ard, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Cullum says the Evansville man had visited the southwestern Indiana courthouse Monday and expressed "concerns about the government." He says Ard returned Tuesday brandishing a baseball bat and smashed windows in the courthouse's front doors.
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.