VANDERBURGH COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) – Four children were evacuated from a home on the 1400 block of Halsey Avenue in western Vanderburgh County amid a standoff Saturday.
Officials say the standoff started after a victim called dispatch saying they’d been shot in the foot at the home before leaving and hiding in a bush near Upper Mount Vernon Road. Authorities say the victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Deputies say the shooting incident happened sometime Friday night but was only reported this morning.
The home’s owner reportedly told police the suspect, Cassidy Fenwick, was still in the house and had a gun. Despite repeated requests to come out of the home, deputies say Fenwick stayed in the house for several hours before coming out peacefully around 2:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
Major Jason Ashworth from the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office says they were prepared for any situation, especially after a Posey County Sheriff’s deputy was shot in New Harmony last week. Major Ashworth says they were not going to rush Fenwick out of the home, nor did they plan on going into the home to get him.
Ashworth says they wanted to prioritize ending the standoff quickly and safely so neighbors could return to their normal lives. Fenwick is facing several charges, including battery with a deadly weapon.