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Man killed in standoff at Morgan-Owen county line identified

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Brent Krout

MORGAN COUNTY, Ind. (December 18, 2014) – A multi-agency narcotics pursuit and standoff ended in a man’s death.

The incident shut down State Road 67 near the Morgan County-Owen County line. It started around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday with a chase.

According to Indiana State Police, officers pursued a black Ford Mustang to the Owen County line. The ensuing standoff began at 10:55 p.m. Stop sticks were deployed, slowing the vehicle down and causing the man to lose control.

Sgt. Curt Durnil with Indiana State Police said negotiators tried to talk the man out of the car but he wouldn’t get out. At one point, he shot out the passenger window in his own vehicle. Police also said officers saw the man holding a gun to his head during the incident.

When he finally came out, Durnil said the man acted in a “defensive and aggressive” manner toward police officers. They returned fire, killing the man.

State police identified the man as Brent Krout, 39, of Zionsville. Further details about the incident are limited. Durnil said the initial investigation started with the ISP Meth Suppression Unit. ISP’s Emergency Response Team was also called to assist with the standoff.

Police redirected traffic around the area for several hours. State Road 67 has since reopened.