SELLERSBURG, Ind. (AP) - A gunman remained barricade Monday night inside a home in southern Indiana after shooting a police officer and K-9 unit during an hours-long standoff.
Indiana State Police spokesman Sgt. Noel Houze said the officer, whom he did not identify, was shot in the leg during the standoff in Sellersburg and taken to a hospital in nearby Louisville, Ky. He said the officer's injuries weren't believed to be life-threatening.
A police dog entered the house and did not emerge, Houze said. Police assume the dog was killed.
The standoff began about noon, after a woman phoned police and said her husband was mentally ill and she needed help to get him treatment.
Sellersburg Chief Russ Whelan said when he went to the home, the man in his late 30s confronted him in the backyard with two handguns and the chief drew his own gun.
"At the time he confronted me, he had both of his children with him," Whelan told The Associated Press in a phone interview. He estimated the man's daughter was about 4 years old and his son was about 15.
Whelan said they spoke briefly, their guns pointed at one another.
"He made a comment to me as he was pointing the gun at me. He said, 'I know what you want, you're the government,'" Whelan said.
Whelan said he took cover behind the corner of the house and told the children to "stay put." The man ran away, and Whelan chased him through the neighborhood as the suspect kicked in the front doors of two homes, taking refuge in the second.
No one was home at that house, Houze said. Whelan said the man's wife was unharmed. He said local police had encountered the suspect before but that he did not know the details.
As many as 100 police officers from several agencies, including at least four SWAT teams, surrounded the house. The man did not respond to attempts at negotiation, Houze said. At one point police sent a robot into the house, and the man shot out its camera.
Whelan said the gunman spoke for a second time, telling police he had a grenade.
Houze said police believed the gunman was still alive Monday evening. He had no hostages, so police surrounding the house simply had to wait, Houze said.
"Time's on our side," Houze said.
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