The chief of police and the assistant chief of the Brownstone (IN) Police department were involved in a shooting outside the department's headquarters building.

According to the Indianapolis Star Tribune, 53-year-old Barry Rucker was in a heated altercation outside of the Brownstone PD headquarters building early Wednesday morning.

Brownstown Police Sergeant Stephen Wheeles reportedly responded alongside at least one other officer. A struggle ensued.

Brownstown Police Chief Tom Hanner and Assistant Chief Joe Kelly emerged from the building to provide back up the responding officers.

The subject produced a weapon, and at least one of the responding officers discharged a firearm striking the gunman.

The subject was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

"All we know at this point is that there was a disturbance outside the police department that the officers needed to deal with, and that's when it escalated, and officers felt threatened, and they needed to defend themselves," Wheeles told Fox News.

Chief Hanner and Assistant Chief Kelly have been placed on paid administrative leave pursuant to policy.

No officers were injured in the incident.

The woman involved in the altercation was also kept safe.

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