Schenk recognized at recent ISP ceremony

Larry Schenk.
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Indiana State Police Master Trooper Larry Schenk, of rural Roanoke, was one of five troopers honored at an ISP Recognition and Awards Ceremony.

Schenk has worked as a trooper in Huntington County, along with parts of Whitley and Allen counties, for 30 years.

Schenk and Sgt. Aaron Cook of Whitley County,were recognized for their actions during a shooting on July 12, 2009.

Schenk, a trooper for 32 years, says in his entire career he had never been in a shoot-out before that day.

He says the incident began when a volunteer fire department responded to a fire in an outbuilding, a blaze later determined to be arson. Once the fire department arrived on the scene, Schenk says firefighters heard gunshots and retreated - leaving the building that was on fire to burn down.

No one was apprehended at the time of the fire, so the ISP stationed troopers at the location to watch for the suspect who started the fire and fired the gun, he says.
When Schenk took up his watch with Cook, he says it was 5 a.m. and it was still dark outside.

He says they saw a man, armed with a shotgun and a .45 caliber handgun, emerge from a nearby cornfield.

"It was 20 to 25 minutes of him just shooting at anything," Schenk says.

Schenk says he and Cook called for the suspect to drop his weapons, but he did not.

Eventually, backup arrived and, as the suspect fired on Schenk and Cook, they returned fire. After the suspect was hit, he took his own life by shooting himself behind the ear, Schenk says.