State police exchange gunfire with man while serving warrant at Jennings County home

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JENNINGS COUNTY (Dec. 31, 2014) – Police say a Jennings County man surrendered after exchanging gunfire with officers who’d arrived to serve a warrant Wednesday.

Members of the Indiana State Police SWAT Team arrived at a home in Commiskey in rural Jennings County to arrest Robert Matney, 38. The arrest warrant followed an investigation into threats Matney was accused of making against former employees, local officials and family members.

The Jennings County Sheriff’s Department requested assistance from Indiana State Police due to those threats. When troopers arrived at Matney’s home on South County Road 750 West, he was standing next to his mailbox. Police said he ran into his home after seeing police and fired shots from inside.

Troopers returned fire, hitting Matney. He came outside and surrendered.

It was unclear if Matney’s injuries were from the officers or his own weapon. The wounds were not life-threatening, police said. No officers were injured during the incident.

State police said Matney faced three counts of intimidation before the encounter. He could face additional charges.