State police investigating police-action shooting in Seymour

    Seymour Officer Michael Payne was placed on paid administrative leave after shooting 80-year-old Alvin Otte in the arm early Tuesday outside Otte's home at 1571 Westgate Road.


    A Seymour policeman shot an 80-year-old man who pointed a rifle at police responding to a report of shots fired early Tuesday at his home on the city’s west side, police report.

    Alvin Otte, who was shot in the arm, did not sustain life-threatening injuries, according to a news release from Sgt. Stephen Wheeles with the Indiana State Police Post in Versailles. He was treated and taken to Schneck Medical Center and was being held for a mental evaluation.

    Officer Michael Payne, who shot Otte outside his home at 1571 Westgate Road, was placed on paid administrative leave, which is Seymour Police Department’s standard policy.

    The incident that led to Otte being shot started when Seymour officers responded to his residence after dispatchers received reports of a man in a home acting erratically.

    For more information, read Wednesday’s edition of The Tribune.



    Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at or 812-523-7051.