Jennings County suspect surrenders after standoff with police

JENNINGS COUNTY — A Jennings County man was arrested after being accused of holding a female at gunpoint in a Hayden home and then engaging in a standoff with police.

At 9:34 a.m. Thursday, Jennings County Sheriff deputies responded to a domestic disturbance in the Hickory Hills subdivision in Hayden, where a female was being held at gunpoint. The woman was able to escape and called for help, said Chief Deputy Dave Turner.

Deputies attempted to contact the suspect, later identified as Anthony R. Dean, 57, over the phone, Turner said. Dean refused to answer his phone but attempted to make contact with the female victim. Deputies then attempted to use a loud speaker to call Dean out.  Dean refused to come out but continued to call the female victim, Turner said..

Members of the Jennings County emergency response team and Indiana State Police SWAT went to the scene. Negotiators with the Indiana State Police were able to make contact with Dean over the telephone, Turner said.

On several occasions Dean presented himself at the front door and walked out on the front porch, but refused to comply with commands from the Indiana State Police and went back inside his residence.

Dean spoke with negotiators for over an hour and he finally agreed to come out on the front porch and sit in a chair, Turner said.

Jennings County Canine Sgt. Cody Low was able to position his canine, Axle, to be deployed in a coordinated effort with the actions of the Indiana State Police SWAT.  Axle was deployed as Dean was trying to go back inside of his residence and Dean was bitten by canine Axle, Turner said.

As Axle was trying to apprehend Dean, Axle was struck by Dean multiple times with a closed fist.  A less lethal option was also utilized by the Indiana State Police as Axle was being struck by Dean and to assist in taking Dean into custody.

After a brief struggle, Dean was taken into custody.  Dean was transported to St. Vincent Jennings Hospital for his injuries and later transported to the Jennings County Jail where he is currently being held on $26,500 bond on the following preliminary charges:

  • Intimidation with a deadly weapon (Level 4 felony)
  • Domestic battery  (Level 6 felony)                    
  • Resisting law enforcement   (Class A misdemeanor)
  • Criminal confinement   (Level 4 felony)

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