Local man arrested after standoff

Staff Reports

Columbus police arrested a wanted man on several charges after a short standoff in Columbus on Friday afternoon.

Shortly before 3 p.m., CPD officers were sent to a residence in the 200 block of Pence Street in regards to a disturbance. Officers received reports that a man at the residence recently poured gasoline on another person and pointed a gun at them, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

When officers arrived at the residence, they observed the suspect who was identified as Martin L. Keels, 29, of 232 Pence St. in the back yard. Keels, who had a warrant for his arrest, retreated back into the residence, Harris said.

Officers received information that Keels might be armed and requested that the CPD SWAT team be activated to assist on the call after he refused to exit the home. Before the SWAT team could be deployed, Keels exited the residence and officers utilized a Taser to take him into custody, Harris said.

Keels was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital and later remanded to the Bartholomew County Jail on the following preliminary charges:

Jennings County warrant


Domestic battery

Keels is being held without bond in jail, jail officials said.