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Indiana trooper involved in deadly shooting returns to active duty

Posted: 2:16 PM, Jan 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-09 19:16:58Z
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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Police Trooper who shot and killed a man during an incident last month has been allowed to return to active duty.

Indiana State Police say Trooper Daniel Organ fatally shot Rightsell on the night of Dec. 28 after he failed to follow his orders and allegedly grabbed a handgun on his own waist. Rightsell died later at a hospital.

Trooper Organ was placed on administrative leave following the incident, but has returned to "full duty" as of January 7, according to Indiana State Police. Trooper Organ will perform administrative duties at the Lafayette Post pending the completion of the investigation.

The state police investigation into the shooting remains ongoing. The agency will file a report with the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office to determine if any charges are warranted.

Meanwhile, family and community members are wanting answers as to why the trooper who shot the 56-year-old did not have a dash camera. Even more, community members are wondering why Indiana State Troopers aren't equipped with body cameras in general.

In a statement released by the Indiana State Police on Jan. 2, the ISP states that extensive and thorough interviews of all officers and civilians involved will be conducted and an internal peer review will also be conducted by detectives not involved in the initial investigation.

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