PATOKA — A Patoka man was arrested Sunday evening after a two-and-a-half hour search and standoff with law enforcement.
A news release from the Gibson County Sheriff’s Office says Gibson County Central Dispatch received a 911 report of a disturbance in the 4400 block of West County Road 125 North around 7 p.m. and the caller reported a man identified as 40-year-old Justin D. Taylor fired a handgun and left in a White Chevy Equinox.
Gibson County Sheriff’s Deputy Bryce Jutzi, Sergeant Bruce Vanoven and Indiana DNR Officer Ryan McIntyre arrived and began an investigation.
According to police, the vehicle was located at Taylor’s residence, but he was not. After being granted consent to search the home, police took a handgun and long gun into evidence.
Officers left, but the caller called again to report Taylor returned to the residence with a gun.
The release states that Deputy Jutzi and officers from multiple agencies returned to the area in an attempt to locate Taylor, forming a perimeter around a wooded area north of the victim’s residence, until representatives from Vincennes Township arrived with a thermal imaging drone to assist.
The drone was in the air and a K9 unit from the Evansville Police Department assisted in the search.
After a two-and-a-half-hour search, Taylor was located. According to the release, Taylor threatened to shoot the Evansville K9 if it was released.
Officers were able to speak with Taylor and he was taken into custody.
Taylor was booked on charges of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, intimidation with a deadly weapon, resisting law enforcement, intimidation of law enforcement with a deadly weapon and attempted escape. He remains in custody on a $1,250 bond.
Jutzi was assisted by Princeton Police Department, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Indiana State Police, Evansville Police, and firefighters with Vincennes Township.