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Person of interest in Lafayette homicide/arson expected to survive after self-inflicted shooting

Andrew Alcorns' criminal history in Tippecanoe County dates back to 1996, according to court documents.

Posted: Apr 15, 2019 4:19 PM
Updated: Apr 15, 2019 7:22 PM

DAYTON, Ohio (WLFI) — A man considered a person of interest in a homicide and arson is expected to survive, according to Lt. Matt Gard with Lafayette police. News 18 is also learning more about his extensive criminal history.

As of Monday afternoon, police said Andrew Alcorns remained hospitalized in Dayton, Ohio after he shot himself in the head to end a 9-hour SWAT standoff Thursday. Alcorns is a person of interest in all parts of the Lafayette homicide, including the arson and stabbing, according to Gard.

Alcorns' criminal history in Tippecanoe County dates back to 1996, according to court documents. Gard said he didn't know the exact date off the top of his head but said his criminal history goes back "quite awhile."

Gard said Alcorns currently has a warrant out of Tippecanoe County for a drug law violation. Since 1996, Alcorns has had more than 25 felony or misdemeanor charges in Tippecanoe and Clinton Counties, according to court documents. Those include Domestic Battery Resulting in Bodily Injury, Auto Theft and Possession of Marijuana. 

Alcorns is a person of interest in the April 7 killing of Ronald L. Whiles. Alcorns' status is still "person of interest," Lt. Gard confirmed Monday afternoon.

Thomas Day, a man who police said lived with Whiles, called officers and told them he had been stabbed and his S. 31st Street home was on fire on the morning of April 7. Firefighters found Whiles' body burning inside the home when they arrived. Preliminary results of his autopsy revealed Whiles died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to Tippecanoe County Coroner Donna Avolt. Day was initially listed as critical, but his condition has improved, according to Gard. 

The investigation then led LPD to Dayton, Ohio. CBS affiliate WHIO in Dayton reported that Alcorns was taken to the hospital after he shot himself in the head Thursday.

Gard said he doesn't believe detectives have spoken with Alcorns since he was hospitalized. He also was unable to confirm Alcorns' latest residence, although court documents show he has recently lived on North 18th Street in Lafayette and North Kerlin Avenue in Delphi.

Photo of Andrew Alcorns from Feb. 18 Tippecanoe County arrest.

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