Police: Suspect shot dead in 2-day Indiana police standoff

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana State Police tactical team shot and killed a man suspected of killing a woman and wounding someone else, ending a standoff on its second day, authorities said Tuesday.

The suspect made threatening gestures before he was shot, and he died at the scene, State Police Sgt. Joe Watts said. The man's name wasn't immediately released.

The standoff ended shortly after noon Tuesday, or nearly 20 hours after it started.

"We received a lot of information from acquaintances and people that had talked to him that this is exactly what he wanted, a shootout with police," Terre Haute police Chief John Plasse said.

The man was wearing body armor when he was shot, police spokesman Officer Ryan Adamson said.

The suspect fatally shot 40-year-old Amanda Kerns and seriously wounded a man at a home in Terre Haute, about 70 miles west of Indianapolis, Adamson said. The wounded man's name hasn't been released.

The suspect then fled to a second home about 2 miles away, where police caught up with him about 4:30 p.m. Monday.

The man shot at police but didn't hit anyone, Adamson said.

Two city SWAT teams that kept watch on the house overnight were relieved Tuesday morning by state police, Adamson said.

Vigo County Prosecutor Terry Modesitt said the suspect knocked over a police robot sent in to observe him inside the second home Monday night.

"We saw him moving on the bed" before he knocked over the robot, Modesitt said.

Investigators believe the man slipped away undetected before midnight and went to a third residence about two blocks away, where police located him shortly before he was shot, Watts said.


This story has been corrected to change the timing of the robot entry to Monday night, not Tuesday morning.

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