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Taylorsville standoff provides key insight into cases in Michigan, Florida

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TAYLORSVILLE (Feb. 20, 2014) – Indiana State Police say Monday’s deadly standoff in Taylorsville is helping authorities in Michigan and Florida solve several crimes in their respective states.

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Zachary Baker (left) and Richard Morris (right)

The standoff ended Monday morning with the arrest of 26-year-old Zachary Baker and the death of his stepfather, 44-year-old Richard Morris. Police said Morris shot and killed himself after several hours of negotiations. Baker gave himself up early in the standoff, which began Sunday night at a Red Roof Inn near Taylorsville.

Police had received a tip that Baker—wanted on a warrant for armed robbery—was in the Taylorsville area.

After the standoff ended, police from Michigan and Florida arrived in Indiana to assist. Evidence collected from the hotel room and the suspect’s pickup truck shed light on cases in the other states.

Both men are from Waterford, Mich., and police said the incident aided in the investigation into home invasions in the Waterford area. State police also said authorities in Florida found key evidence that may help solve a pair of active double homicides.