By Nate Smith
MONTGOMERY — Indiana State Police Trooper Jarrod Lents will be returning to duty this week following a shooting incident near Montgomery.
Lents, a trooper for the last nine years, was shot by a man as he was attempting to rob Black Oak Armaments in Montgomery. The trooper returned fire, killing James D. Jones, 60, Shoals.
At around 1:35 p.m. on June 17, Lents was struck multiple times by Jones as two exchanged gunfire at the gun store. Jones was pronounced dead at the scene and Lents was eventually taken to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville where he was treated and released that day.
The narrative, and possible motive, on what happened at the gun store is still under investigation by the state police. According to Sgt. Chad Dick of the Jasper post, investigators are to be finishing their reports this week.
Those reports, including a narrative on what happened, will be sealed but will be forwarded to a prosecutor for review.
According to earlier reports, Jones was described as a transplant from California. There was no records of any criminal matters, but was described as a drifter.
There has not been any word on what happened with Jones' body following the shooting.