Hours long standoff in West Lafayette ends when suspect kills himself

A standoff in a West Lafayette neighborhood ended around 10:30 p.m. Saturday night, after police found the suspect dead in the basement of the home.

Posted: Sep 7, 2019 11:56 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A standoff in a West Lafayette neighborhood ended around 10:30 p.m. Saturday night, after police said they found the suspect dead in the basement of the home.

Tippecanoe County Sheriff Bob Goldsmith said the office received a text message at 5:50 p.m. from a female saying she needed help.

Two deputies arrived at a home on Jasmine Court in West Lafayette, just west of Klondike Elementary School, where they met the female and two children. It’s unclear what the man inside the home's relationship is with the female and children at this time.

Goldsmith said the deputies escorted the female and two children out the door when two shots were fired. As they backed away a third shot was fired. There are no reported injuries.

The standoff lasted almost five hours long. The neighborhood was on lockdown during the situation. Sheriff Goldsmith said the neighborhood will continue to be on lockdown until around midnight to 12:30 a.m. He said Jasmine Court will most likely be shut down longer, as they investigators clear the scene. 

Tippecanoe County, Purdue Police and West Lafayette Police are still in the neighborhood worked to negotiate with the man.

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