Toxicology results show shooting suspect was high on meth

A local man who died in a Sept. 30 exchange of gunfire with police was under the influence of methamphetamine at the time, authorities said.

Toxicology results for Quentin Starke, 44, of 25 Huffman Drive, also show that he had marijuana and traces of fentanyl in his system, along with a nasal decongestant, Bartholomew County Coroner Clayton Nolting said Thursday.

Starke, who had been on the run from police following an early morning pull-over attempt, had fired on and narrowly missed a Columbus Police Department officer. Shortly afterward, Starke was killed by an Indiana State Police SWAT team member, police said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.