Man dead after incident with police; two officers on leave as investigation continues

UPDATE: The Greenfield Police Department has released the names of the officers involved in the incident Friday. They are Sgt. Rodney Vawter, an 11-year member of the department, and Patrolman Dillon Silver, who is in his second year with the department. 

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GREENFIELD — Indiana State Police are investigating the death of an Indianapolis man who died after an encounter with Greenfield police officers.

Just before 6:30 p.m. Friday, officers responded to a call about an intoxicated man lying in the grass near 826 S. State Street, police said. 

The man, 48-year old Douglas A. Wiggington of Indianapolis, became combative with the two responding police officers, and one of the officers shot Wiggington with a Taser, a news release from the state police states.

Immediately after, the officers noticed the man was experiencing a medical problem and gave him Narcan — used to counteract an overdose from opioids — and started CPR, police said.

When medics arrived, they transported Wiggington to Hancock Regional Hospital, where he later died.

The two officers involved — Sgt. Rodney Vawter, an 11-year member of the department, and Patrolman Dillon Silver, who is in his second year with the department — have been placed on paid administrative leave, as is routine, said Greenfield Police Chief Jeff Rasche.

An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday morning in Greenfield.

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Noelle Steele is editor of the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3232 or nsteele@greenfieldreporter.com.