FULTON, Ind. (WLFI) - UPDATE (10:30 A.M.): The suspect's condition has been shifted to critical from serious, possibly indicating major complications.
Our original story:
Indiana State Police (ISP) says a Wednesday night standoff with a Fulton County suspect led to exchanged gunfire – and the hospitalization of the suspect.
Just before 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, ISP, the Fulton County Sheriff's Office, the Fulton Town Marshal, Kewana Town Marshal and Rochester Police Department responded to a domestic situation with shots fired at 307 W. Brown St. in Fulton.
ISP says 46-year-old Nicholas S. Westerhoff was inside the residence, refusing to give himself up. As more officers arrived they formed a perimeter around the home. ISP North Emergency Response Team was also activated and helped secure the perimeter.
Law enforcement attempted to negotiate with Westerhoff multiple times, but attempts were unsuccessful.
Officers said at one point, they heard several shots being fired from inside the home.
Then, at 11:40 p.m., ISP says Westerhoff came to the door of the house and began firing his weapon. Officers returned fire and Westerhoff was injured during the exchange.
ISP says it's unknown at this point if Westerhoff was hurt by officers' fire, or his own. He was airlifted to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne in serious condition.
When WLFI spoke with the hospital Thursday morning, we were told Westerhoff's condition had been bumped up to critical.
No officers were injured in the standoff and the investigation is continuing.
Liberty Township Fire Department and Fulton County EMS also assisted in the standoff.
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