Follow the WDRB Newsroom, Reporters and Anchors.More >>
Tweets from the WDRB Newsroom, Reporters and Anchors.More >>
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Law enforcement sources say the standoff in Sellersburg is now over and they have the suspect in custody.
The suspect will be taken to the Clark County jail to be questioned. Charges and alleged mental illness are still pending.
Police confirm that the officer shot was a Clark County Deputy Sheriff Chris Proctor during the standoff today.
Sellersburg Police Chief also confirms that the K-9 officer is dead.
Authorities say a suspect was barricaded inside a structure there where police say he shot at law enforcement 30 to 40 times throughout the standoff.
WDRB News has been told the officer was shot in the leg and his injuries are not life-threatening. WDRB News photojournalist Ken Bradley says when the officer arrived at University Hospital, he appeared to be awake and moving around.
Police say this situation began around 11:30 Monday morning when officers arrived to take the suspect in for a psychiatric evaluation at the request of his wife. Officers say the suspect was in a neighbor's backyard with two children when police arrived.
That's when he gave up the children, police say, and the standoff began. Police say the man had two handguns.
Sgt. Noel Houze with the Indiana State Police said Monday, "Well, right now the individual's barricaded in the house about a block from here and he's in there by himself as far as we know, and right now we're just waiting for additional SWAT members to get here and hopefully, negotiators to try to talk to him."
Indiana State Police also say the man in the standoff shot out the camera in the SWAT robot that approached him. Officers believe he is alone in the house.
WDRB's Chris Turner says earlier, police officers told reporters and neighbors to clear Allentown Road and move back from a previous perimeter that had been established. Everyone was moved back half a block to Allentown and Denton. An ambulance and armored vehicle then left the area with lights flashing and sirens sounding.
Turner also reported that he had heard around a dozen various flash bang sounds, and saw neighbors running back from police cars. Neighbors said they were worried about children who were at home alone. "I keep texting them and making sure they're OK, and thankful that it's not in my house, and very thankful that my son's home," said Meredith Trundell, a Delaware Court resident. When asked what he told her about what's going on, she replied, "They told me someone came to the house, asked who was in the home. There was an officer came to the front door and the back door, told them to stay down. So my son took the girls in the basement."
Neighbor Evelyn Tuttle said, "My sister, she told me to go in and lock the doors, and that a guy ran across her front yard and had a gun. And then the next thing I heard was all these police cars coming up here and it was a policeman, I think it was a policeman, but the guy was talking and said they had him in a house up here. They don't know whether there's anybody in the house but him, and that he had shot the Sellersburg K-9 dog."
Many people were staying in their basements away from windows as police moved around. Sellersburg, Clark County, and Indiana State Police officers are all on the scene, along with officers from other departments.
Authorities were heard on a loudspeaker imploring someone to surrender.