Muncie Police Officer Shoots Man Strangling Him

By Rachel Martin - 21Alive
By Jake Perrone - 21Alive

September 22, 2013 Updated Sep 22, 2013 at 6:53 PM EDT

MUNCIE, Ind. (WTHR) – Another police shooting, this one ending with two officers injured and the man who attacked them recovering from a gunshot wound.

Eyewitness News Reporter Carrie Cline spent Sunday morning in Muncie. She explains what happened.

It started inside Kruzers Night Club on the south side of Muncie shortly before two Sunday morning. That's when police received a call about a fight inside the bar.

When the officer arrived, the suspect, Bryan Modglin, got into his car and took off. But, Modglin didn't get far. In fact, about a half block away, the officer stopped him in front of Ms. Doris Clary's front yard. That's when things got a little scary.

"And I missed all this because I was asleep," said Clary.
Clary may have slept through the morning's violence, but she woke up to quite a shock.

Police say the suspect attacked the officer who stopped him, hitting him in the face and head. Then, a second officer arrived to help and Modglin attacked him, too -- punching him in the face. Then, he pinned that officer against Clary's fence choking him. That's when police say the officer pulled out his gun and shot Modglin.

"I think the cop did the right thing," said Jerry Goforth.

Goforth lives about two houses down from where the incident happened and watched the police processing the scene in the aftermath. He says he doesn't blame the night club even though in the last few weeks, police say they've responded to about five calls related to violence.

"He's got bouncers and all that in there and one guy that thinks he can whoop the whole bar--something is wrong with him," said Goforth.

With this incident happening just two days after the shooting death of IMPD Officer Rod Bradway, everyone has a little more appreciation for the sacrifices our public safety officers make everyday. Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler sent out a tweet Sunday morning saying, "Heading to church to pray and thank our public safety officers for their service to our community."

Modglin was taken to the hospital and was last listed in stable condition. The two officers also went to the hospital and have been treated and released. No word from police yet on who those officers are.




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