TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Update: A man is in custody following a series of events involving Vigo County law enforcement this weekend.

Vigo County Sheriff John Plasse reports that in the early morning hours of Saturday in the area of 3rd and Lincoln Streets an officer had made a traffic stop. During that stop, an occupant inside the vehicle allegedly fired a gun at officers, and then the vehicle fled the scene.

Officers were unable to locate the vehicle following a brief pursuit. Sheriff Plasse reports that officers believed 23-year-old Christopher Backfish to be a person of interest in the incident. Backfish, who was found to have an unrelated warrant out for his arrest, was located at a residence near 7th and Putnam Streets Sunday.

A lengthy stand-off then took place with officers asking residents to avoid the area in a warning sent out by Vigo County 911 just after 9 p.m. Sheriff Plasse reports that eventually Backfish exited the home and was arrested without further incident.

According to Vigo County Jail logs, Backfish is currently being held for the parole violation, but Sheriff Plasse has indicated that Backfish could be charged with criminal recklessness and resisting law enforcement related to the events of this weekend.


Original report: The suspect involved in police activity in the area of 7th Street and Washington Avenue in Terre Haute overnight has been taken into custody, according to THPD.

Residents were being asked to avoid the area as officers tried to talk the suspect out of a home there.

The warning sent out by Vigo County 911 just after 9 p.m. The suspect was taken into custody after midnight.

Police have not released any other information yet.

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