Huntington man killed by police ID’d

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WANE) – The man killed in Sunday morning’s police-involved shooting that also left an officer injured has been ID’d.

The Huntington County Coroner’s Office has been positively identified the man as Matthew T. Melzoni, 36, of Wabash, Indiana.  The coroner’s office said it has made notification to Melzoni’s family.

Police say the officer involved is currently in the hospital in serious, but stable condition. His injuries are non-life-threatening.

Indiana State Police told WANE 15 that Huntington Police were called to Schultz Drive, off of Etna Avenue around 3:35 a.m. because someone was destroying property with a backhoe construction vehicle. When police arrived, the suspect took off. Officers pursued the suspect for about 15-20 minutes.

During the course of this pursuit, gunfire was exchanged, resulting in the Huntington’s police officer’s injury and the death of the suspect.

This incident is still under investigation. Once the investigation is complete, it will be turned over to the Huntington County Prosecutor for review and determination of charges, if any, to be filed.

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