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Clark County

July 8, 2013

Standoff in Sellersburg ends after 5 hours

Police found man in home armed with samurai sword

SELLERSBURG — The Sellersburg Police Department was involved in a nearly five-hour standoff Sunday night with a man wielding a samurai sword, police reported.

Sellersburg Police Chief Russ Whelan said Monday that officers were called to 9004 Newberry Road, near Ind. 60, in reference to domestic dispute about 11 p.m. Shortly after police arrived at the home, Roy Hisle, 56, who lives at the residence, came out carrying the sword while “yelling and screaming,” and then went back into the home, Whelan said.

Hisle would not to come out of the home again until about 4 a.m. in police custody.

When police first arrived, Hisle’s daughter and her boyfriend, and other residents of the home, were found outside. They alerted officers that Hisle had been physically abusive and had been drinking alcohol. Sellersburg police set up a perimeter around the home and contacted an Indiana State Police negotiator to communicate with Hisle.

The ISP negotiator used Hisle’s wife’s cell phone and yelled from outside the home to communicate with the man. Whelan said the negotiator spoke with Hisle “very briefly a couple of times,” during the incident. Whelan said Hisle told the negotiator during the exchanges, “I am not coming out. You are going to have to come in and get me.”

A SWAT team, comprised of Sellersburg, Charlestown and Clark County sheriff’s  officers, was assembled, while police continued to try to talk Hisle out of the home, Whelan said. Officers approached the home’s front door in an effort to get Hisle to exit, but he refused to open the door.

After Hisle continued to tell the offices he would not come out of the home on his own discretion and then ceased communication with the negotiator, two SWAT teams entered the home shortly after 4 a.m. Whelan said SWAT members encountered Hisle near the front door of the home, where he was quickly struck with a Taser and placed under arrest.

Hisle was taken to Clark Memorial Hospital by ambulance for treatment of the Taser shock and a minor injury to his arm. He was released several hours later from the hospital and booked into the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex.

Hisle was preliminarily charged with strangulation, a class D felony, resisting law enforcement, a class A misdemeanor, and disorderly conduct, a class C misdemeanor.

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