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Standoff ends in Knightstown

SWAT units enter the back of the home. SWAT units enter the back of the home.
Medics enter the home with a stretcher. Medics enter the home with a stretcher.

Knightstown - An elderly man held police at bay for more than an hour in Henry County Thursday afternoon.

Some reports to Eyewitness News claim there may be a hostage involved. State Police and sheriff's deputies were on the scene along with SWAT units. A witness across the street from the incident told Eyewitness News that she has not heard any shots fired.

Around 6:15 p.m., SWAT officers could be seen entering the back of the home and moments later a stretcher was seen entering the home. Twenty-five minutes later, medics could be seen wheeling someone from the house on a stretcher and putting them in the ambulance.

The witness said the 80-year-old man held off police in a home for possibly as long as two hours on Franklin Street. Streets were blocked off in the area and residents were asked by police to leave the area or stay inside their homes.

"The only thing that I have heard is the gentleman they are waiting to come out threatened the police officer supposedly," the witness told Eyewitness News.

Rumors that Knightstown Police Chief Danny Baker was in the home at the time of the standoff have been determined to be untrue after Eyewitness News was able to speak with Baker's wife over the telephone. 

Police later told Eyewitness News the man had been calling 911 all day asking for an officer. When Chief Baker arrived at the home, the man threatened to shoot him and then turn the gun on himself. The chief then backed down and that is when SWAT units were called to the scene.

Eyewitness News has a crew in Knightstown and will have the latest details on Eyewitness News Nightbeat.

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