By GARY POPP
CLARK COUNTY —
The Clark County Sheriff’s deputy shot during a police standoff at a Sellersburg home Monday is out of surgery and on his way to recovery.
Detective Chris Proctor, who has worked with the agency for more than 10 years, was struck in the leg by a bullet fired by Joshua Priddy, 31, of Sellersburg, during the incident.
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 along Delaware Court, just west of Interstate 65 in Sellersburg. He had taking refuge in the house and engaged police in a standoff for about 10 hours Monday.
Rodden explained that law enforcement had broken the window so a camera-equipped SWAT robot could take images of inside the home. But, before the robot had been positioned in front of the window, Priddy began shooting a firearm from inside the home. Rodden said Proctor and other SWAT members took cover behind shields during gunfire, but the bullet struck the detective’s knee area that was outside the guard of a shield.
Rodden said the round entered and exited the flesh resulting in the need of a minor surgery. He said he talked to Proctor on Monday evening and the detective was feeling well enough to make a few jokes.
“He was in great spirits,” Rodden said. “He was doing fine and not in too much pain.”
Rodden said it was too soon to tell when Proctor will be ready to return to duty, but expects the motivated lawman to be back in uniform sooner than later.
“He is a dedicated guy, and won’t want to be away long,” Rodden said of Proctor.
While the Clark County Sheriff’s office will temporarily be without a detective, the Sellersburg standoff resulted in the Indiana State Police losing one of its K-9s forever.
K-9 Kilo was killed by gunfire released by Priddy during the incident, even though he was wearing bullet-resistant vest. Kilo worked with his handler Trooper Nathan Abbott since 2007.
Trooper Mary Sanchez said Tuesday that Abbott is coping with the loss of Kilo, and was not prepared to speak with media about Kilo’s death.
The agency is calling its four-legged trooper a “hero,” and has organized as fund in his memory.
Kilo had assisted in many drug busts and arrests and had been featured in the News and Tribune on multiple occasions.
ISP reported the Kilo Memorial Fund will support the ISP K-9 program and that 100 percent of tax-exempt contributions will be used in Kilo’s memory. Donations can be sent to the following address: Kilo Memorial Fund, CFK/ISPA Foundation, 1415 Shelby St., Indianapolis, IN, 46203