RICHMOND, Ind. — Richmond police are investigating an officer-involved shooting after a man reportedly shot his female neighbor and then proceeded to barricade himself inside his residence.
According to a Facebook post by the City of Richmond, Richmond police responded to a shooting at the 1800 block of Rich Rd. approximately 2:52 p.m. Thursday. At the scene, police confirmed that “an adult male fired multiple rounds at an adult woman.”
Indiana State Police Sgt. Scott Keegan confirmed that the 42-year-old woman was shot by the man, and she was taken to Reid Health with non-life-threatening injuries. ISP identified the suspect as 81-year-old Charles Adams.
Adams barricaded himself inside his residence and three SWAT teams were called. Police tried to communicate with Adams by phone but were unable to get in contact with him, so they resorted to the public address system.
Keegan said Adams was the only one inside the home. Nearby residents were evacuated as police secured the perimeter.
As Richmond police attempted to deescalate the situation, Adams reportedly fired a round at them. With multiple SWAT teams at the site, attempts to communicate with Adams failed. Police eventually deployed chemical agents. Adams approached an opening and reportedly pointed a firearm at police; ISP SWAT members opened fire, hitting him at least once.
State troopers rendered medical aid to Adams, who was taken to Reid Health with what police described as non-life-threatening injuries.
ISP identified the SWAT members who discharged their weapons as Master Trooper George True, Senior Trooper Nickolas Yaeger, Trooper Dana Harvey, Senior Trooper Jason Madison and Senior Trooper Brandon Henderson. As is standard practice in police shootings, they’ll be placed on administrative leave as the incident is investigated.
Detectives from the Indiana State Police Pendleton District are leading the investigation. They will eventually turn their findings over to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office for review.