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June 24, 2013

11:30 P.M. UPDATE: Suspect in custody after officer shot

Clark County detective's injuries are not life threatening; K-9 killed

SELLERSBURG —

SELLERSBURG — A Sellersburg man is in custody after police say he shot a Clark County Sheriff’s Department police officer and an Indiana State Police K-9 during a 91⁄2-hour standoff with police in the Hill N’ Dale subdivision.

Police say the suspect, who has yet to be identified, shot Clark County Sheriff’s Office Detective Chris Proctor in the leg after a second round of gas canisters were fired into a home on the 700 block of Delaware Court. 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, according to police. He is expected to have surgery today, but Clark County Sheriff Danny Rodden said he is in good spirits and “doing fine.”

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.

“When we actually entered the house is when the first shots were fired,” said Sellersburg Police Chief Russ Whelan. “There were ... several shots fired by the suspect.” 

Police took the suspect into custody unharmed just before 9:30 p.m. Monday. 

Whelan said the suspect had been hiding in a closet before walking out of the back door of the home under his own will. He was wearing only a torn T-shirt and boxer shorts. 

Officers then transported him to the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex.

“He will be taken, questioned and get the appropriate help that he obviously needs,” Whelan said soon after the suspect was taken into custody. “I believe it came to the best conclusion that we could have hoped for.”

Whelan said that law enforcement’s next step will be processing the home and collecting evidence to build a case for subsequent prosecution.

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David Bennett, Jeffersonville, is pictured at Riverview Village in Clarksville where he is undergoing rehabilitation after losing his leg due to diabetic complications. Bennett is a 1981 New Albany High School graduate, and was on the 1980 basketball team that finished the season with a 27-1 record.

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