Rushville Republican

April 30, 2013

Police standoff ends peacefully

Jim Scott
Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — A standoff late Sunday in Milroy between a Rush County man and police ended peacefully.

Shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday, investigators say the incident began as a verbal domestic incident with Billy Dean McPheron, 31, and his wife. When she got out of the house, she called police.

She relayed to police that her husband had made verbal threats and pointed a weapon at her. Police say he had several weapons including an AR 15 semi-automatic rifle in the home.

According to police, McPheron refused to come out of his house.

Police arrived and set up a perimeter, blocked off the street in front of the house and evacuated adjoining residences.

Police attempted to make contact with McPheron by the phone and at the door, but he refused to answer.

The Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team arrived and a negotiator was finally able to talk him out of the house just after 3 a.m. Monday.

He was taken into custody and was being held at the Rush County Jail.

He has been preliminarily charged with intimidation and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon.

Investigators say no shots were fired and no one was injured in the incident.