Person of interest in Lafayette homicide and arson booked into jail after shooting self

Alcorns was booked Wednesday afternoon on a warrant out of Madison County, Indiana.

Posted: Apr 26, 2019 9:54 AM
Updated: Apr 26, 2019 2:48 PM

DAYTON, Ohio (WLFI) — Andrew Alcorns, a man considered a person of interest in a Lafayette homicide and arson, has been released from the hospital and is now in an Ohio jail, according to Montgomery County (Ohio) jail records.

Alcorns was booked Wednesday afternoon on a warrant out of Madison and Tippecanoe Counties. Court documents show he was wanted on several preliminary charges in Madison County, including fleeing from law enforcement. Alcorns had been in the hospital after police said he shot himself in the head to end a 9-hour SWAT standoff in Dayton, Ohio April 11.

4/24/2019 Mugshot of Andrew Alcorns. Provided by Montgomery County Jail (Ohio) 4/24/2019 Mugshot of Andrew Alcorns. Provided by Montgomery County Jail (Ohio)

According to Sgt. Matt Gard with Lafayette police, Alcorns' status has not changed in the case. He is still a person of interest in all parts of the Lafayette homicide, including the arson and stabbing.

Alcorns is a person of interest in the April 7 killing of Ronald Whiles. 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 that Sunday morning. 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 he is expected to survive, according to Gard.

The investigation then led LPD to Dayton, Ohio. Alcorns was taken to the hospital after he shot himself in the head in the SWAT situation.  

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

Court documents show Alcorns has recently lived on North 18th Street in Lafayette and North Kerlin Avenue in Delphi.

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