UPDATE: I-70 reopens, fatally wounded suspect identified

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Indiana State Police is helping Henry County Sheriff’s Department investigate a police action shooting involving one of their deputies that backed up traffic Tuesday through Cambridge City and other Wayne County communities west of Indiana 1.

Shortly before noon, police announced I-70 westbound has been reopened through Henry County.

I-70 westbound was closed between the Cambridge City exit and New Castle exit for more than six hours as investigators and crime scene technicians worked at the scene.

The incident began when Henry County Sheriff’s Department received a call shortly after 5:15 a.m. Tuesday about a suspicious person walking on the interstate in the median wearing all-black clothing, state police said.

A short time later, a Henry County deputy located a man walking on the berm of I-70 westbound at the 125-mile marker. The deputy got out and approached the man to ask him if he could help him or give him a ride off the interstate. As the two talked the man pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the deputy, police said. Shots were fired with the suspect being hit.

The deputy, who was uninjured, administered first aid until EMS arrived. The suspect was transported to Henry County Community Health Hospital in New Castle, where he succumbed to his injuries. Police have identified him as Michael R. Gulley, 32, of Greenfield. An autopsy has been planned for later Tuesday.

Police said it’s still unknown why Gulley was walking on the interstate, as the car he was believed to be driving was located in the median of I-70 westbound around the 127-mile marker, east of the incident location.

I-70 westbound has been reopened through Henry County.

– By Millicent Martin Emery