BRAZIL – Indiana State Police are investigating a barricaded incident that took place at a Brazilian, Indiana hotel after a nearly 26-hour standoff with gun suspects shooting at officers.
The incident began at about 10:15 a.m., on Thursday, December 3, when the US Marshal’s Task Force consisting of the US Marshal Service, Terre Haute Police Department and Indiana State Police attempted to issue a warrant to the residents of Best Western Plus Hotel, which is located in Brazil, Indiana.
Upon arrival at the hotel, they received information about the suspect’s room number. The officer went to the room and announced their arrival to the suspect, stating that they were there to issue a warrant. The suspect then fired one shot through the door at the officers. The officers then stepped back, took cover for their safety and immediately released all hotel residents for their safety as well. When finished, the officers put up a barrier around the hotel.
Officers from various agencies responded to the incident. The Terre Haute Police Department’s Special Response Team and the Hostage Negotiation Team also responded. Negotiators managed to contact the suspect and managed to free the two other residents, who were in the hotel room with the suspect, safely.
At around 1 a.m., on Friday, December 4, the Indiana State Police Central SWAT team released the Terre Haute Police Department Special Response Team and took over the scene. While the Indiana State Police continued negotiations with the suspect, and the suspect communicated with his private attorney, tactical techniques for obtaining voluntary compliance were also employed. While this tactical technique was used, the suspect continued to fire additional shots at the officers.
At around 12:30 p.m., on Friday, December 4, the suspect peacefully surrendered to the Indiana State Police’s Southern SWAT team.
The suspect has been identified as Shannon Jeffers, age 40, from West Terre Haute, Ind. The original Jeffers warrant was issued from Vigo County for a probationary offense on the original charges of methamphetamine possession and gun possession criminals. Jeffers was detained and taken to Clay County Prison where he will face attempted murder charges, Felony Level 1, according to Emily Clark, Clay County Attorney.
Indiana State Police detectives in the Putnamville Post are leading the investigation into the incident.
Assisted: US Marshals Service, Terre Haute Police Department, Clay County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police Central and South SWAT team, Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department, Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department, STAR Ambulance and Clay County Coroner Office.
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