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Suspect who fired shots at deputies found dead inside Spiceland home

Deputies exchange gunfire with suspect inside Spiceland home

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UPDATE: Henry County Sheriff’s Office says the suspect who barricaded himself inside a Spiceland home after firing shots at officers was found dead in the home.

The suspect has been identified as 77-year-old Leslie Odier. Authorities say Odier fired shots at officers in Spiceland after a domestic dispute. Odier reportedly fled back into the home and a short time later officers heard a single gunshot from inside the home.

An investigation into the Odier’s manner and cause of death is being investigated.

SPICELAND, Ind. (WISH) — Henry County deputies were fired upon after being called to a home in Spiceland after a domestic situation Wednesday night.

According to Henry County Chief Deputy Jay Davis, officers were called to a home in the 2200 block of West County Road 700 South around 7 p.m. after a man’s wife reported he “snapped” and began firing shots inside their home.

The woman was able to safely leave the home.

When officers arrived, the suspect fired shots at them through the door. Deputies exchanged gunfire and the suspect has gone silent since.

No officers have been injured while responding to the incident.

Henry County Sheriff Richard McCorkle said the incident remained “active” as of 10 p.m.


2 Columbus police officers arrested, facing charges of misconduct, ghost employment

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — Two Columbus police officers have been arrested on multiple charges including official misconduct and ghost employment.

According to Indiana State Police, Dan Meister and Ron May were arrested for allegedly working off-duty security jobs while also working on duty with the Columbus Police Department. An investigation into the officers began in November 2018 after a request was made by the Columbus Police Department.

Lt. Dan Meister and Sgt. Ron May allegedly worked overlapping shifts for both the police department and Columbus Regional Hospital between February 2015 and August 2018. The officers were paid by CPD and the hospital for the same hours worked on multiple occasions.

Meister had overlapped hours on 52 different occasions and May overlapped on 62 occasions, investigators say.

The investigation was turned over to a special prosecutor and arrest warrants were issued for the men on Friday. They were arrested Friday afternoon without incident and taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, police say.

Both officers are facing charges of official misconduct, ghost employment and theft.

May and Meister are expected to face initial hearings soon.

Information about how long they have worked with CPD was not immediately available.