Grant County shooting victim identified as investigation continues

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GAS CITY, Ind. (WANE) — More details have been released by the Grant County Sheriff’s Department regarding a shooting death that happened at a home Monday afternoon.

The victim has been identified by the Grant County Coroner’s Office as Steven Nickell, 33, of Muncie. The preliminary cause of death has been determined to be from a gunshot.

On Monday, the sheriff’s department said it received a 911 call around 1 p.m. from a person claiming to have shot and killed a home intruder at 6111 South 500 East just outside of the city limits of Gas City. Sheriff’s deputies and police from Gas City and Fairmount responded to the scene with EMS.

Officers say they found two people outside the home who were taken into protective custody. They also found Nickell on the floor near the back door suffering from apparent gunshot wounds to the head and chest. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

One of the persons taken into protective custody has been arrested on an unrelated charge. Matthew Whitt, 39, of Wabash was wanted for a parole violation.

The Sheriff’s Department says the investigation is ongoing, though they do not believe any other subjects are at large and no danger is posed to the public.

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