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October 2, 2013

Mental evaluation ordered for Clark County gunman

Henry Campbell is accused of pointing loaded shotgun at Clark County Government Building

JEFFERSONVILLE — A psychological examination and drug test has been ordered for a gunman who caused a temporary lockdown on Tuesday of the Clark County Government Building.

Henry R. Campbell, 63, Highway 60, Sellersburg, was ordered to undergo the testing during a hearing in Clark County Circuit Court No. 1 on Wednesday.

In an episode that lasted about 40 minutes, Campbell is accused of pointing a loaded shotgun at the government center from a truck parked in a nearby lot, prompting a shutdown of part of the facility and leaving officials searching for a motive.

“It was an extremely dangerous situation,” said Clark County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Mull, who represented the state in Judge Dan Moore’s court. “I think we were only a trigger pull away from something extremely bad happening there yesterday in the parking lot. Certainly, it was a situation where if he had fired, someone could have been hurt or killed very easily with where he was parked and where [government employees] were located with only a pane of glass between them and the shotgun rounds.”

Mull said witnesses have reported seeing Campbell pulling into a parking space several feet from Watt Street across from the plaza-area side of the adjoining government building and jail.

“[Campbell] was observed by witnesses pointing a loaded shotgun right at the building, specifically towards the second floor of the building and that is where the prosecutor’s offices are located in the building,” Mull said. “Multiple witnesses did observe him do that.”

Brad Jacobs, Campbell’s attorney, said he was in support of Mull’s motion and Moore’s issuance of the drug test and mental psychological examination.

“From what I understand what happened yesterday is far outside his [Campbell’s] personality, so that means there is something else going on,” Jacobs said.

When Jacobs was asked if his client has a history of mental-health issues, he said he didn’t. “And that is the frightening part,” Jacobs said. “He had a stroke a few years ago, so there is a physical problem, but no mental health problems leading up to this, no symptoms, nothing that predicted this in any way, which makes it that much scarier.”

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