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Greencastle man fires at trooper, leads him on pursuit and hours-long standoff

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Posted at 7:56 AM, Jan 10, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-10 13:27:58-05

GREENCASTLE — A Greencastle man is facing numerous charges after leading police on a pursuit through Putnam County before shooting at troopers and holding them in an hours-long standoff.

Indiana State Police say trooper Kevin Fowler attempted a traffic stop for a headlight out while running in his patrol vehicle around 7:15 p.m. on Jan. 9.

The driver of the vehicle refused to stop and Fowler pursued down US-40 in Putnam County, according to ISP.

Investigators say the driver then shot at the trooper from inside his vehicle as he was attempting to turn from US-40 onto Zinc Mill Road.

Eventually, the driver stopped in the Woods Edge neighborhood in Greencastle and ran into a home. While doing so he yelled to the trooper that there is a child inside the vehicle. At this time, the child exited the vehicle and ran toward law enforcement, according to ISP.

As the child was taken to safety, the driver, a male, barricaded himself inside a home in the neighborhood.

According to police, a female was already located inside the residence. Negotiators from the Indiana State Police were able to make contact with the male suspect and were able to get the female released safely.

Just before midnight, the man was taken into custody using non-lethal tactical techniques, according to ISP.

Until formal charges are filed, WRTV Policy is to not release the name of the suspect.