Suspect in Lawrenceburg standoff facing additional charges

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

LAWRENCEBURG, IN (FOX19) - The suspect involved in a police standoff in downtown Lawrenceburg was in court on Tuesday.

William C. Hoffman, Jr., 31 of Lawrenceburg is facing numerous additional charges in connection with a six hour standoff that occurred late last Thursday night into the early morning hours Friday.

In addition to the initial charge of Criminal Recklessness, on Monday Hoffman was charged in Dearborn Circuit Court with Attempted Murder, Attempted Aggravated Battery, Attempted Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Intimidation with a Deadly Weapon, and Pointing a Firearm.

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.

Later that afternoon he waived extradition and was brought back to Indiana where he is now being held in the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center.

No police officers or other individuals were injured in the incident.

Hoffman is being held on a $1 million bond, plus $25,000 cash.

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