Alleged gunman surrenders after SWAT standoff

A local man was arrested after a 3½-hour standoff with law enforcement officers on Thanksgiving evening, Columbus police reported.

At approximately 7:17 p.m. Thursday, Columbus police officers were sent to a residence in the 6500 block of West State Road 46 after received a report of shots fired, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Officers were advised that Jerry L. Lucas, 74, of Columbus, fired a gun at a neighbor who was believed to have been struck with shrapnel but not seriously injured, Harris said.

Lucas entered his home before officers arrived, and he refused to exit, Harris said.

A short time later, the Columbus Police Department SWAT Team, consisting of officers from the Columbus Police Department and the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office, was activated along with CPD crisis negotiators.

After lengthy standoff, Lucas was taken into custody at about 10:50 p.m.

He was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where he was held on a preliminary charge of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, according to investigators.

Lucas remains incarcerated on a 48 hour hold, Harris said. Bond set at the jail is currently $7,500, according to jail officials.

Additional charges are possible in this ongoing investigation, according to investigators.