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Suspect shot by police during Lawrenceburg standoff

Standoff in Lawrenceburg Standoff in Lawrenceburg
Standoff in Lawrenceburg Standoff in Lawrenceburg
Standoff in Lawrenceburg Standoff in Lawrenceburg
William Hoffman (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office) William Hoffman (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

A police standoff in downtown Lawrenceburg ended early Friday morning.

At 8:43 p.m. on Thursday night, police responded to 121 East Williams Street after dispatchers received a domestic dispute call via 911.

Upon arrival, police found W.C. Hoffman, Jr., 31, holding them off with other people inside the home, including children.

After initial contact with Hoffman outside the home he went back inside and then returned and confronted officers a second time with a firearm.  At this time no shots were fired, however he retreated back into the house again beginning the standoff. The others inside the home got out safe.

Officers negotiated with Hoffman, encouraging him to give up, but just after 11 p.m. he began firing at officers, who returned fire. 

The Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team (ERT) was called to the scene and at approximately 3 a.m. ERT members made entry into the house, where they took Hoffman into custody without further incident.

During the exchange of gunfire, Hoffman suffered a gunshot wound to the back of one of his shoulders.  He was transported to Dearborn County Hospital and later transferred to University Hospital in Cincinnati for further treatment. He has since been released from the hospital and was taken to the Hamilton County Detention Center to await extradition back to Indiana. 

No officers or other persons were injured in the exchange of gunfire. 

Hoffman is facing a preliminary charge of Criminal Recklessness, a Class D Felony.  Other charges could be filed later.

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