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Clark County

February 27, 2013

Grandpa’s threats end in arrest

Granddaughter claims he threatened her life

SELLERSBURG — A Sellersburg man was arrested Feb. 16 after threatening to shoot his granddaughter and her 4-month-old child in the head, police reported.

The incident was spurred by the grandfather’s dissatisfaction that his granddaughter had returned to live in the home. 

Sellersburg police responded to the residence at about 12:45 a.m. after the granddaughter of Bruce O. Whitley, 49, of 126 Allhands Ave., had contacted authorities.

Before officers arrived, the granddaughter had alerted them that a firearm, later identified as a Ruger Mark II .22-caliber Target pistol, was in the home.

When police arrived, the woman came out of the home and told police Whitley was in the home and drunk, according to the police report.

Police then took the granddaughter and her baby from the home to the Sellersburg police department for their safety.

Four phone calls were made by police to reach Whitley inside the home, but no contact was made.

Officers then made several commands over a police vehicle loud speaker commanding Whitley to exit the home.

Eventually, Whitley’s wife “poked her head out of the front door and was asked to have Bruce [Whitley] step out the front door with his hands in the air,” according to the police report. 

Several minutes later, a shirtless Whitley came out of the home.

Police used force to get Whitley to comply after he was told several times to go to his knees, police reported.

Whitley was then taken to the Sellersburg Police Department and questioned about the alleged threats he had made toward his granddaughter.

He told police that he was upset and did not want her there, but that he never directed any threats toward her.

As police searched the home for the firearm, which was found unloaded, a smoking pipe which smelled like marijuana and rolling papers were found.

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