Sellersburg standoff suspect in custody; deputy shot ID'd

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Posted on June 24, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 12 at 10:50 AM

SELLERSBURG, Ind. (WHAS11) -- The Sellersburg standoff suspect is in custody and is being transported to the Sellersburg Police Department for questioning. The suspect is not hurt.

Police say the suspect came out of a closet before surrendering to police in the back of the home.

A Clark County Deputy, now identified as Chris Proctor, and an Indiana State Police K9 were shot during a stand off with a man in a Sellersburg, Ind. neighborhood.

Photos: SWAT Team, police swam Sellersburg neighborhood.

Clark County Sheriff Danny Rodden said Proctor, who was rushed via police escort to University of Louisville Hospital, was shot in the leg and is in stable condition. Officials say it is a non-life threatening injury. 

LMPD officers assisted Indiana emergency crews and  closed streets while Proctor was being rushed to the hospital. A WHAS11 photographer was at the hospital when the deputy arrived and said the deputy was alert and talking when he was taken out of the ambulance.

Raw Video: SWAT Team News Conference

The situation started when the suspect's wife called the Sellersburg Police Department to get him some psychological help.

Police said when they arrived at the scene the suspect was in his yard with his children and armed with two hand guns. Sellersburg Police Chief Russ Whelan said the suspect pointed a gun at him then took off running.

"You know was saying stuff about...anti-government and he knew what we was wanting from him. Which is when he initially pointed the gun at me and he had his children with him," Whelan said. "Shortly after that is when he let the kids go."

The Clark County Sheriff's Department was called in and law enforcement officials were in the home but had to evacuate when the suspect began shooting. That is when Proctor was shot in the leg.

A K9 dog was sent in to the home, police said, and was shot,killed by the suspect.

The suspect has also shot out the eyes, or the camera, of a robot the SWAT team sent in, police said.

Police said the suspect lives in the area, but not at the home where the stand off is taking place. They have yet to release his identity.

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