Staff Reports

BUTLERVILLE — Police exchanged fire with a Jennings County man after responding to a domestic disturbance near Butlerville, an unincorporated town east of North Vernon, Indiana State Police said.

Before police arrived, at least one shot was fired inside a home in the 5700 block of N. County Road 750 East, after which a female left the Jennings County residence and went to a nearby home for help, said Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, spokesman for the Indiana State Police Versailles Post.

Both State Police officers and deputies from the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department responded about 3:30 a.m. Saturday, when the lone male occupant at the residence exited, only to fire at approaching officers, Wheeles said.

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Multiple officers with the two police agencies returned fire at Charles L. Mays, 25, of Butlerville, who retreated back into the home and refused to surrender, Wheeles said.

Additional officers arrived at the scene, including Indiana State Police negotiators and the Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team, he said.

Contact was made with Mays throughout the day, although he remained barricaded for about 16 hours, until exiting the residence at 7:45 p.m. when he surrendered to police, Wheeles said.

Mays was immediately given medical attention at the scene for injuries he sustained during the incident, Wheeles said. He was then transported to St. Vincent Jennings Hospital in North Vernon for further treatment of injuries, which are believed to be non-life threatening, he said.

Following treatment, Mays was transported to the Jennings County Jail, where he faces preliminary charges of attempted murder, a Level 1 felony; and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and resisting law enforcement, both Level 6 felonies, according to a jail official.

Mays was booked into jail about 1 a.m. Sunday, and is being held with no bond, the jail official said.

Names of the officers involved in the shooting were not immediately released, with the investigation ongoing, Wheeles said.

The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department, Jennings County Prosecutor’s Office, Jennings County Emergency Medical Services, and the American Red Cross.