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June 25, 2013

More details about standoff suspect revealed

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

SELLERSBURG — Joshua L. Priddy, the man police say shot a Clark County police officer and killed an Indiana State Police K-9 on Monday, was a former Louisville firefighter who was fired last year.

Priddy, 31, of Sellersburg, who kept police at bay during a nearly 10-hour standoff Monday, faces preliminary charges of attempted murder and burglary, both class A felonies; and the class D felonies of mistreating a service animal resulting in death; pointing a firearm; criminal recklessness; and residential entry. He is scheduled to appear in Clark County Circuit Court No. 1 at 10 a.m. today, June 26.

Priddy, a New Albany High School graduate, was formerly a Louisville firefighter. He worked for the Louisville Metro Fire Department from 2000-12, but was fired for a failure to report for duty, said Louisville Fire Department Public Information Officer Capt. Salvador Melendez.

Before Priddy was fired, he was also dropped in rank.

“He was demoted from captain to sergeant, which was his rank when dismissed,” Melendez said.

However, Melendez said he did not know why Priddy was demoted as he had yet to receive Priddy’s personnel file. Priddy was last employed with Engine 12, on the south end of Louisville, off Manslick Road.

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Priddy’s Facebook page included several long ramblings, many of which were posted in late May and early June. One post read: “Break the chains of your unhappiness by cognitively thinking every moment and immediately taking action. Never listen to the impulsive nature of your unconscious self.

“It has killed many and left more to die old, unhappy and full of regret ... choosing to watch TV, go out to eat, owning an iPhone or iPad, and then going to bed worried is no mystery. You have simply chosen lazy, easy and now over tired, happy and loved. Don’t waste the gift. But first you gotta wake up.”

Clark County court records also show that foreclosure proceedings had begun on Priddy’s home on Iowa Street. The Bank of New York Mellon had filed the action in Clark County Circuit Court No. 1 in September 2010. A default judgment was entered in April against Priddy that totaled $87,468 and the home was set for sheriff’s sale July 11. The order of sale was served to Priddy May 15, according to court records.

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