Shots fired in standoff, gunman in custody

Wanda English Burnett

An incident that ended just before 1:00 a.m. Monday, May 18, saw some police cars coming east on US 50 through Ripley County just after 10 p.m. Sunday evening with sirens blaring and lights flashing.
The six hour standoff actually began about 6:45 p.m. Sunday evening in Rising Sun. According to information from Sgt. Noel Houze of the Indiana State Police, Versailles District, an Ohio County Sheriff’s Deputy, Adam Ziegler, had responded to a domestic dispute at Lot 17 at the Fairgrounds Trailer Court in Rising Sun. While the deputy was speaking with a family member, James Farrell, 60, of Rising Sun, allegedly pointed a handgun at the deputy. The deputy immediately retreated, calling for backup.

The Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team (ERT) was called in and at about 12:45 a.m. on Monday, deployed gas into the trailer. This was just prior to executing a search warrant for the suspect and the weapon.

According to police, the suspect fired two shots at ERT members from a bathroom window in the mobile home. ERT members did not return fire and soon after the suspect left the trailer and was taken into custody without incident.

Farrell is incarcerated in the Switzerland County Jail facing the following charges: Attempted Aggravated Battery, a Class B Felony; Attempted Battery with a Deadly Weapon, a Class C Felony; Intimidation, Class C Felony; Pointing a Firearm, Class D Felony; and Resisting Law Enforcement, Class D Felony.

Other agencies involved in the investigation are the Ohio County Sheriff’s Dept., Rising Sun Police, and the Dearborn/Ohio County Prosecutor’s Office.