Standoff ends in Sellersburg; police K-9 killed, deputy wounded

ISP K-9 Kilo was killed during a standoff in Sellersburg. (WAVE-TV photo)
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A former Louisville firefighter is in custody after a nine-hour standoff in Sellersburg that left a deputy wounded and killed a state police K-9 officer.

State police told WAVE-TV in Louisville officers were serving a warrant in Sellersburg around noon Monday when the armed subject ran from officers. Officers were called to the home by Joshua Priddy's wife, who wanted police to help her husband.

Clark County Sheriff Danny Rodden said officers chased Priddy, 31, who had taken his two children, ages 16 and 4, from his home and left them in the backyard as he was confronted by police. Sellersburg police say Priddy pointed a gun at them before leaving his children.

Brittany Hobbs, a neighbor who helped the children of the suspect, told WAVE-TV, "He (one of the children) came running to me and just clenched onto me and said ‘Just hold me.' He said, ‘My dad held a gun to my head saying he was going to shoot me, he's gonna shoot me.'"

Priddy then ran into another home, located on East Delaware Street, where he did not live.

Investigators told the television station six or seven shots were fired in a back room of the home, where the suspect was barricaded. A Clark County sheriff's deputy suffered gunshot wounds to the leg. He was taken to University Hospital in Louisville.

State police say the deputy's injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

ISP K-9 officer "Kilo" was killed by the gunfire around 3:30 pm. Police described Kilo as a well-known police dog that had been part of numerous drug busts. Kilo had entered the home with his partner, Trooper Nathan Abbott, and several officers when the gunfire broke out.

Priddy also reportedly shot out a camera mounted on a SWAT team robot.

SWAT officers eventually fired tear gas canisters into the home and Priddy was taken into custody around 9 p.m. Monday. He is facing preliminary charges of 

Attempted Murder of a Police Officer (Class A Felony), Causing the Death of a Law Enforcement Animal (Class D Felony), Burglary (Class B Felony), Residential Entry (Class D Felony), Pointing a Firearm (Class D Felony), and Criminal Recklessness with a Firearm (Class C Felony).