PARKE COUNTY, Ind. – An Indianapolis man is being held in jail after allegedly lashing out at a conservation officer who had approached him about illegally fishing.
According to reports, 34-year-old Kevin S. Kent was spending his day fishing in Parke County when things went south. The location that he dropped his line into was private property. And Kent wasn’t allowed to be there.
In fact, the section of Big Raccoon Creek that Kent was found was property belonging to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Rockville.
Simple mistake, right? But when the local conservation officer from the Department of Natural Resources showed up to investigate Kent’s reason for being there (and most likely just ask him to be on his merry way), Kent instead started immediately getting aggressive.
The DNR reported that when officer Nathan Lutz approached the suspect, the man refused to identify himself and began throwing out verbal threats directed at the officer.
Lutz placed Kent into handcuffs as Kent spat at him multiple times. Then Kent said something that would make anyone’s blood run cold.
“I shot a police officer before and would do it again,” he said to Lutz.
Kent is no stranger to violence. His record shows that he’s had three convictions of battery with bodily injury and one conviction of attempted murder.
Kent is being held with no bond on charges of battery and intimidation of a law enforcement officer, and failure to identify, according to a press release from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
The Parke County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Kent is still in custody. In addition to the charges, Kent was also cited for failure to procure a fishing license and driving while suspended.
We recently published an article from Larry Casey about the amount of training police officers get but how little society seems to know about how to react in a situation involving police.
We train our officers. Shouldn’t we train our communities as well?
A total of seven members of the DNR Division of Law Enforcement have died in the line of duty since its inception in 1911. Today, in a ceremony at the statehouse, @icohq honored the fallen. https://t.co/cFx5jyd1LE pic.twitter.com/G9mI9cR2LS
— Indiana DNR (@INdnrnews) May 24, 2019
This story is another prime example of how unpredictable a call can go. Though the man was not reportedly armed, what if he had been? How many times have we seen members of law enforcement viciously attacked, beaten or shot for nothing?
How many line of duty deaths are the result of a simple traffic stop or minor confrontation? How are officers supposed to know when they are confronting a perfectly mindful individual or a violent, homicidal monster?
Civilians seem to forget that they are bound by law to comply with an officer’s orders. Knee-jerk reactions and fear from negative media only intensifies situations that would ordinarily be calm and collected.
It’s far past the time that we had this conversation. That you have this conversation. That parents start having this conversation.
Because if you don’t talk about it… who will?