COLUMBUS — A Seymour man who fled from a Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputy and fired two shots into the ground surrendered to a SWAT team on the east side of Columbus at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The SWAT team was activated to negotiate with 26-year-old Seymour resident Ian Gardner, who had fled from a Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputy earlier Thursday and fired two gunshots into the ground as he fled.

Gardner is wanted on a warrant for auto theft, said Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers.

At about 4 p.m. Thursday, as a deputy approached Gardner near McKinley and Gladstone avenues, Gardner took off running and then pulled out a handgun and fired two shots into the ground, Myers said.

Sheriff’s deputies, Columbus Police Department officers and Indiana State Police troopers converged on the area to try to locate him, Myers said. Several police canine units tracked him after the incident.

Police asked individuals along Ross Street and in the McKinley and Gladstone area to remain inside with their doors closed and locked as the negotiations continued, Myers said.

No one was injured, he said.

Myers said this type of incident is unusual, but does represent what every deputy faces every time they serve a warrant.

“Our goal is to find him and get him off the street without any deputies, or officers or troopers or him getting injured,” Myers said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.