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10-year-old stabbed during domestic dispute; police officer shot while responding

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Wabash police shooting 10 8 2020
Indiana State Police
Wabash Police Shooting 10 8 2020 2

WABASH, Ind. (WPTA21) - A Wabash city police officer responding to the scene of a domestic dispute that critically hurt a 10-year-old was shot when he arrived at the home.

At about 7 a.m., someone called 911 to report a domestic dispute at 294 E. Maple St. in Wabash.

According to Indiana State Police Public Information Officer Tony Slocum, Wabash police showed up to the residence and found 32-year-old William Sendelbach outside the home with a gun.

But before officers arrived, a garbage truck driver said the suspect was in the yard and fired off a shotgun blast at his truck.

The driver bailed out of his vehicle and ran away from the area for cover. He wasn't hurt, but told ABC21 he's shaken up from the ordeal.

Authorities said Sendelbach fired a shotgun, striking Sgt. Nick Brubaker in the leg. He is a 23-year veteran of the Wabash police department.

Authorities said medics took him to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

ISP said officers returned fire, striking Sendelbach multiple times.

He was flown to a Fort Wayne hospital for his critical injuries.

Indiana State Police said the original 911 call was in reference to a dispute between Sendelbach and his wife.

Their son was flown to Riley Hospital in Indianapolis for his life-threatening injuries. His mother is with him.

Other children were in the home at the time but police say they didn't see anything. They are with the Department of Child Services.

This is a developing story. Check back in for updates.

Kayla Crandall

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