News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 12, 2013

Shots fired; man arrested after standoff with police


The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Police responded to reports of a man firing shots in a family dispute Friday night in southern Vigo County, leading to a standoff with local law enforcement.

Vigo County central dispatch received a call about 8:45 p.m. about a man who allegedly fired two shots after an argument with his son on South Sullivan Place.

One shot was reportedly fired into the ground. A second shot was allegedly fired at a family member’s vehicle as he left the property, according to a news release from the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department.

There were no reported injuries.

Police were informed that a woman remained inside the home with the alleged shooter, Brian O’Neal, 46. Officers were uncertain whether the woman was in danger and a negotiator with the Indiana State Police was called for assistance. Other ISP troopers also arrived at the scene as did the Terre Haute Police SWAT team, said Clark Cottom, chief deputy with the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department.

A standoff with law enforcement began after police arrived on the scene. The residence was surrounded and the standoff eventually ended when O’Neal, speaking on a cell phone with the negotiator, came outside. He was clearly unarmed and taken into custody, the news release stated.

It was later determined the woman inside the home was not held against her will, police said. She was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant.

O’Neal was taken to the Vigo County jail where he was facing allegations Saturday of criminal recklessness, pointing a firearm, aggravated battery and intimidation. He is scheduled to appear in court Monday morning.