FORT RITNER – On Thursday, May 20, at approximately 9:30 p.m. two Indiana State Police troopers arrived at 4140 Fort Ritner Road to attempt to serve an active felony warrant on 35-year-old Casey Brown.
When the troopers arrived they announced themselves and entered the home. Brown was armed with a handgun and barricaded himself in an interior room of the home.
The troopers immediately cleared all occupants out of the residence for their safety and after unsuccessfully resolving the situation they retreated and set up a perimeter around the home while maintaining communication with Brown.
Members of the Indiana State Police SWAT Team along with ISP negotiators arrived on the scene and continued to speak to Brown for several hours.
At approximately 5:00 p.m. on Friday, and after several attempts to get Brown to surrender to troopers, ISP SWAT applied non-lethal tactical techniques to gain voluntary compliance from Brown.
While attempting to resolve the situation with the less amount of force necessary, Brown failed to comply with commands to surrender or remove the weapon from his control.
The negotiations and tactics continued until Brown surrendered to the Indiana State Police SWAT team at approximately 6:00 p.m. Friday.
Brown was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear on felony charges of criminal confinement while armed with a deadly weapon, domestic battery in the presence of a minor, intimidation, and criminal recklessness.
Brown was arrested and then transported to the IU Health Bedford to be medically evaluated. He was then transported to the Lawrence County Jail.
The investigation is ongoing. The information will be forwarded to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office for review and additional charges.