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Sheriff says it appears deputy acted properly

August 10, 2011

Deputy Diosdado "Dio" Hernandez

    The subject of the shooting of a robbery suspect by an off-duty Adams County deputy sheriff in a business in Berne on Sunday arose at Tuesday's meeting of the county council when Sheriff Shane Rekeweg appeared before the council on other matters.
    Rekeweg said preliminary indications are that deputy Diosdado "Dio" Hernandez acted properly in assessing the situation he faced and in firing his department-issued handgun. He shot the suspect in an arm, causing the man to drop the handgun he was displaying in his other hand.
    The suspect, identified as Seth T. Curtis, 25, of Redkey, was shot in the right elbow, said Rekeweg, after he allegedly pointed the gun to get people in the CVS store to do what he wanted, which reportedly was to give him a prescription painkiller.
    Rekeweg said Hernandez, who is also the marshall in the town of Monroe, is on administrative leave because a weapon was fired and a person was injured. He said such leave is automatic departmental policy in such cases.
    The sheriff stated that Hernandez's actions are being reviewed by the sheriff's department, but also will be examined by personnel at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield, which trains all police officers who serve in the state.
    Rekeweg said the investigation will focus not just on Hernandez's actions, but also on what, if any, further training police should have in regard to use of weapons.

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