Police: Standoff with shooter ends peacefully at Dearborn County home

Incident began with shot fired at deputies

AURORA, Ind. – A five-hour standoff with a suspected shooter at a Dearborn County home ended peacefully Friday evening with one person taken into custody, according to Indiana State Police.

Michael A. Smith, 32, was arrested on a probation violation.

Law enforcement officers surrounded a house in the 5700 block of Dutch Hollow Road about 2 p.m. That was after Smith fired a shot at Dearborn County deputies and Aurora police making a welfare check, ISP Sgt. Stephen Wheeles said.

"There is no danger to the public," Wheeles said at a media briefing Friday night.

Wheeles said a gunshot was fired at officers after they tried to contact people in the residence.

"While they were in the front of the residence, a gunshot came from inside the residence," Wheeles said. "The officers believed the gunshot was fired in their direction, so they immediately retreated and established a perimeter."

A SWAT team entered the home at about 7 p.m. and took Smith into custody. He needed medical attention, Wheeles said in a news release. He was taken to the Dearborn County Hospital and then transferred to University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

On Saturday, Wheeles said Smith is being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center until he is extradited to Dearborn County. 

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