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No charges to be filed in Greenfield death during police investigation

Indiana State Police say they have concluded a death investigation that involved officers with the Greenfield Police Department.


At the conclusion of the Indiana State Police investigation into the death of,David Donelli, 42, of Indianapolis, which began December 15, 2020, the findings were turned over to the Hancock County Prosecutor for review. This is standard procedure in a case such as this. The Hancock County Prosecutor, Brent Eaton, reviewed the findings of the investigation and has determined no criminal charges will be filed related to this incident. 


The three Greenfield Police Officers involved were Patrol Officer Jill Jenkins, Patrol Officer Andrew Pfaff and Lieutenant Matthew Holland. 



Original release



At the request of Greenfield Police Chief Jeff Rasche, the Indiana State Police are investigating a death that occurred December 15, 2020, at approximately 11:45 a.m. in the parking lot of 2055 Barrett Drive, Greenfield, Indiana. The death occurred during the course of a police investigation.


Preliminary investigation by Indiana State Police Detectives revealed this incident began when three Greenfield Police Officers located a stolen vehicle in the parking lot of the business. Further investigation led the officers to the suspect who was inside the business. During the course of the investigation the suspect fled on foot and ran outside into the parking lot. While chasing the suspect, one officer utilized a less lethal weapon commonly referred to as a taser. After the deployment of the taser, the suspect fell to the ground and struck his head on the concrete. Immediately after he was taken into custody, the officers rendered first aid until paramedics arrived. The adult male was later pronounced deceased at the hospital.


The Indiana State Police, along with the Hancock County Coroner’s Office continue to investigate this incident.