Suspect in custody after shooting SWAT trooper during standoff in Jefferson County, Indiana

Suspect in custody after shooting SWAT trooper during standoff in Jefferson County, Indiana
An Indiana State Police Trooper is recovering after he was shot in the leg during a 6-hour standoff in Jefferson County, Indiana. (Source: Sgt. Stephen Wheeles - Twitter)

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ind. (WAVE) - An Indiana State Police Trooper is recovering after he was shot in the leg during a 6-hour standoff in Jefferson County, Indiana.

The man accused of shooting him, Wade Roark, 59, is in the Jefferson County, Indiana Jail awaiting charges.

59-year-old Wade Roark is accused of shooting an ISP Trooper during a standoff in Jefferson County Saturday.
59-year-old Wade Roark is accused of shooting an ISP Trooper during a standoff in Jefferson County Saturday. (Source: ISP)

It all started with a 911 call around 2:30 a.m. Saturday of an active shooter inside a home on State Road 56 east of Madison.

“Any time you have a suspect with a gun, you don’t know if drugs are involved, what their state of mind is, what they’ve gone through to get them to this point,” ISP Sgt. Stephen Wheeles said.

Multiple agencies rushed to the scene and got the homeowners out safe, but ISP says Roark was still inside.

“The suspect did not live at the residence, but he did have a connection to the residence,” Wheeles said. “There was some kind of relationship with the people inside, so it wasn’t like a stranger barged into the home.”

Police were communicating with Roark during the standoff, but say he continued randomly firing off shots, even as the ISP South Zone SWAT Team arrived.

One of those shots, hit 18-year ISP veteran Master Sgt. Joseph Livers in the leg.

A second trooper shot back, but Roark wasn’t hit and gave himself up around 8:00 a.m.

“Ultimately, on our end, our trooper is going to go home,” Wheeles said. “He’s going to be hospitalized for some time, probably, and a long road to recovery, but fortunately no one was killed in the incident.”

Master Sgt. Livers is being treated in Cincinnati.

Roark faces charges of Attempted Murder, Aggravated Battery, Battery, and Criminal Recklessness. He’s due in court sometime this week.

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