Shots fired at deputies during welfare check

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SULLIVAN, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Sullivan County deputies conducting a welfare check were met with gunfire Friday.

Robert Shonkwiler, 39, is facing charges in the incident that began when deputies were called to 478 W. CR 75 S Sullivan around 1:44 p.m. Friday.

When deputies stepped onto the front porch, three rifle shots were fired inside the home.

Once shots were fired, authorities from multiple agencies surrounded the house. As Sheriff Clark Cottom arrived on scene, Shonkwiler began firing rounds outside the home.

The Terre Haute Special Response Team was headed to the scene when the Shonkwiler gave himself up.

Shonkwiler was transported to the Sullivan County Jail where he was charged with criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and intimidation while armed with a deadly weapon.

Police obtained a search warrant for the residence, and found multiple loaded weapons and numerous fresh spent rifle casings.

No injuries were reported.

Sullivan City Police, Indiana Conservation Officers and Indiana State Police assisted at the scene.

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