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ISP investigating after traffic accident ends with gunshot, death

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GRANT COUNTY, Ind. (WPTA21) - Indiana State Police are investigating an incident in Grant County that began as a response to a single-vehicle crash but ended with a reported gunshot and death of one of the occupants.

ISP said its involvement comes at the request of the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

The investigation will center on the death of Amanda Elbert, 32, Alexandria, Ind., which is in Madison County.

Officers from the Gas City Police Department, the Upland Police Department and the Grant County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single vehicle crash near 4598 South Grant County Road 600 East on Saturday, about 8:15 a.m.

According to ISP, the initial investigation found that the responding officers came upon a 2007 Chevrolet Impala that had crashed into a utility pole.

Elbert, they believe, was a passenger in the Chevrolet. The driver of the car allegedly ran away.

According to the reports, Elbert said she was unhurt. Due to the cold conditions, an Upland officer allowed Elbert into his police car to stay warm as the crash investigation was conducted. 

ISP said Elbert confirmed she was not hurt when medics arrived, refusing any treatment.

According to ISP: As officers were conducting an inventory of the Chevrolet in preparation for it to be towed from the scene, they heard a gunshot. Elbert allegedly shot herself with a handgun she had retrieved from her purse. Medics were summoned back to the scene and, despite lifesaving efforts, Elbert was pronounced dead.

A release to the media on Sunday did not indicate that the driver of the vehicle has been located.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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