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Clark County

June 25, 2013

More details about standoff suspect revealed

Joshua Priddy was former firefighter, home was up for sheriff’s sale

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SELLERSBURG — THE BACKGROUND

The incident began when Priddy’s wife called the Sellersburg Police Department seeking help for her husband who was suffering from “mental issues.”

When SPD Chief Russ Whelan and officer Drew LaMaster arrived on the scene, they discovered Priddy, armed with two handguns, in his neighbor’s yard near his home on the 800 block of Iowa Street in the Hill N’ Dale subdivision. As previously reported in the News and Tribune, Priddy had his two children with him during the initial incident.

Whelan said Priddy pointed his weapon at both officers, who took cover and told Priddy to drop the gun. Whelan added that Priddy made an anti-government comment, told police he knew why they were there and at that point left the children. The foot pursuit began and came to a head when Priddy barricaded himself at an unoccupied home at 712 E. Delaware Court.

Police say Priddy shot Detective Chris Proctor in the leg after a second round of gas canisters were fired into the home. He was shot shortly after 3 p.m., when police initially tried to enter the home about three hours into the standoff. Proctor was transported to University of Louisville Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Clark County Sheriff Danny Rodden said Tuesday afternoon that Proctor, who is also a SWAT team member, was performing SWAT duties outside of the home when Priddy began to randomly fire rounds through a window of the home. Rodden said Proctor is out of surgery and on his way to recovery.

Kilo, an ISP K-9, also was sent into the home early in the standoff and shots were fired. Police confirmed Monday evening the dog had been killed.

Priddy remained in the home owned by Jerry Kerstiens, according to Clark County property records. Messages left with Kerstiens were not returned as of press time.

Nearly 10 hours into the standoff, Priddy walked out of the back of the home and was taken into custody, at about 9:30 p.m. The state of the home on Delaware Court after Priddy surrendered was unlivable, Whelan said.

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