“Maybe one of the cops stepped into concrete that was still wet?
And when the backhoe started coming slowly towards him,he realized the concrete had set up enough where he couldn’t move,and he was out of ammo. Luckily the other cops shot the guy before he could squish the poor guy…“
HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WANE) — A man shot and killed by Huntington police as he operated a backhoe early Sunday morning never fired at officers, Indiana State Police said Friday.
State police said in an update Friday afternoon that there was no “exchange of gunfire” between 36-year-old Matthew T. Melzoni of Wabash and officers just after 3:30 a.m., as originally reported by authorities. Melzoni was fatally shot by police, and a Huntington Police officer was hurt by gunfire in the incident.
Police were called to the area of Schultz Drive and Etna Avenue because someone was destroying property with a backhoe. When police arrived, the suspect – identified later as Melzoni – pulled away in the backhoe, and led officers on a 15-20 minute pursuit around the neighborhood and onto the Horace Mann Elementary and Riverside Middle School campus, where he “continued causing damage to private and public property,” state police said.
State police said at the time that “during the course of this pursuit an exchange of gunfire took place, resulting in the injury of one Huntington police officer, and the death of the adult male suspect.”
In an update Friday, state police said “there was no exchange of gunfire.” Rather, the responding officers felt Melzoni’s “conduct with the backhoe rendered him an imminent danger to both police officers and civilians.”