Man wanted for Boone County sexual assault takes his own life

Paul Etter - 2012 booking photo (Courtesy Tippecanoe County Sheriff)
Suspect Dead Following Hours Long Standoff
Boone County standoff
Boone standoff

BOONE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHR) — The Boone County Sheriff's Department said Tippecanoe County sexual assault suspect Paul Etter took his own life during a standoff Thursday afternoon.

Police say Lebanon police officers on patrol spotted a truck stolen out of Tippecanoe County. As officers approached the truck, police say the driver, identified as Etter, displayed a weapon.

The standoff took place in the area of State Road 39 and 300 North.

Police said Etter, 55, shot himself twice and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The Tippecanoe County Prosecutor's Office says Etter abducted and assaulted a woman changing a tire over the weekend.