Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office releases new details regarding Friday night manhunt

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VANDERBURGH CO, Ind (WEHT) On Sunday, Sheriff Dave Wedding shared new details into a shooting and manhunt that happened Friday night.

Deputies searched for five hours earlier Friday after the initial report of two vehicles stuck on railroad tracks. They also found items possibly taken during burglaries in Vanderburgh and Posey counties.

Wedding says Diana Ellmers will be charged with attempted murder, resisting law enforcement with a deadly weapon, and possession of stolen property.

Cade Kirk will also face stolen property possession and resisting law enforcement charges.

Ellmers was found while deputies were getting a woman living at the house she was spotted near to safety.

“She jumped out, they ordered her to stop, she had the handgun in her possession, they ordered her to drop the gun multiple times and surrender. She did not,” Wedding said. “They subsequently fired several rounds at her in an attempt to stop her.”

Kirk surrendered to police in a wooded area after Ellmers was caught.

Roxanna Symanski lives near the scene. She went back into her home after hearing the gunshots Friday night — but could still hear and see what was happening.

“I heard what I perceived to be gunshots … We saw the searchlights and then we heard the law enforcement say, ‘Please come out with your hands by your side,'” Symanski said.

Wedding says Ellmers and Kirk have been arrested before, with past charges including theft, drug dealing and burglary.

“It’s a mystery to me why they can commit so many serious crimes over the years and be running our streets and creating more havoc,” Wedding said. “This was a very volatile situation.”

Ellmers and Kirk were taken to local hospitals for treatment. Sheriff Wedding says he doesn’t believe their injuries are life threatening.

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(This story was originally published on September 27, 2020)


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