Neighbor of suspect arrested in standoff recounts chain of events

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VIGO Co., Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — An early morning standoff ended in surrender Tuesday morning after officials said a man barricaded himself in a North Terre Haute home for several hours.

It happened after a report of shots fired.

The long-time neighbor of 38-year-old Brent Powers said she’s lived next to the home at 4100 East Markle Avenue all of her life and that the standoff was unlike anything she’s ever seen on her block.

“We’d gotten up, the lights kind of woke us up. There was a police vehicle outside that had their strobe on and just a couple minutes after I’d gotten up, one of the officers came to knock on the door. They said someone called in for shots fired. That they heard shots fired in the neighborhood,” said Kimberly King.

What King she didn’t see coming was an intense chain of events.

“Deputies and Indiana State Police arrived in the area and once they did, they also heard a couple shots being fired. They continued to check the area and one of the deputies located an individual walking down the road. He exited his vehicle, hollered at the individual and at that time the individual ran into the residence in that neighborhood. Officers then set up a perimeter,” said Derek Fell with the Vigo County Sheriff’s Office.

The perimeter created was right outside of King’s bedroom window.

“I had a perfect bird’s eye view of everything that was going on. They started coming over here to North Little League Ball Park. They were pulling through my yard just trying to get the whole place surrounded,” King said.

After the Terre Haute Police Department Special Response Team and Vigo County deputies spent hours to get Powers out of the house, he surrendered.

King said she’s glad things ended peacefully.

“They had set off those couple flash grenades and I think tear gas in the house at some point. Other than that everybody got out of the situation okay,” she said.

The Vigo County Sheriff’s Office said Powers was arrested and charged with felony criminal recklessness with a firearm and resisting law enforcement.

They said Powers admitted to firing a weapon, but the motive for the shots fired is under investigation.

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