Taylorsville standoff ends with one dead, another in custody


A Michigan man is dead and another is in police custody following an overnight standoff at a motel in Taylorsville.

It started around 8:00 pm Sunday night when Indiana State Police got a tip that a suspect wanted on an armed robbery warrant might be in Taylorsville.

State troopers joined Columbus Police and Bartholomew County Sheriff's deputies to search the area for the suspect's vehicle. Their search led them to the Red Roof Inn in Taylorsville, where the motel clerk identified one of the people as a motel guest who checked in earlier that evening.

Columbus Police SWAT officers responded, along with the Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team (ERT).

Just before 5:00 pm, the team made contact with the suspect. Zachary Baker, 26, of Waterford, MI, surrendered a short time later.

A second man who was with Baker was not wanted on any warrants, but was confirmed to be a convicted serious violent felon in possession of a firearm. Police got a warrant for his arrest, too, but he would not surrender. Just before 8:30 am, police heard a single gunshot from the motel room and found him dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

He was later identified as 44-year-old Richard Morris, also of Waterford, Michigan. Baker was his stepson.