Pine Ridge shot-fired incident ends peacefully

Photo provided
Indiana State Police say a preliminary investigation indicates that the Dubois County Highway Department was grading the snow on Pine Ridge Road north of the highway when the incident occurred.

By BILL POWELL
bpowell@dcherald.com

KYANA — A Thursday standoff that began after a county highway worker reported being shot at ended without serious injury eight hours later when police breached the suspect’s door and the man surrendered peacefully.

Crews

Law enforcement officers from multiple agencies responded to the area of State Road 64 and Pine Ridge Road around 3 p.m. after the Dubois County 911 Center received a call from a Dubois County Highway Department worker saying he had been shot at.

Indiana State Police say a preliminary investigation indicates that the Dubois County Highway Department was grading the snow on Pine Ridge Road north of the highway.  As the driver turned the grader around and started north on Pine Ridge Road, he noticed a male standing near the mailbox of 4715 Pine Ridge Road.  Shortly after seeing him, police said, the window of the grader was shot.

The driver of the grader left the area and called 911. Fortunately, police said, the Dubois County Highway Department employee received only minor cuts to his face from the broken glass.

Officers established a perimeter around the residence at 4715 Pine Ridge Road and attempted to establish communications with the suspect, eventually identified as 76-year-old Virgil L. Crews of that address.  At 11:13 p.m., after several hours of communicating with Crews, Indiana State Police SWAT breached the front door and Crews peacefully surrendered.

Crews was taken to Jasper Memorial Hospital for evaluation before being taken to the Dubois County Security Center where he was booked at 1:29 a.m. today on a preliminary Level 6 felony count of battery and a preliminary misdemeanor count of criminal recklessness with a firearm.

Photo courtesy Indiana State Police

“We are pleased that this incident ended peacefully and that no one was seriously injured,” said Lt. Jason Allen, commander of the state police post at Jasper. “I would like to thank everyone that assisted with this detail.  The peaceful outcome was truly a team effort.”

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Conservation Officers, the Ferdinand Police Department, the American Red Cross and the Southeast Dubois School Corporation were listed as assisting agencies by the state police.

Investigators are asking for anyone who might have been in the area at the time the shooting occurred to call the Indiana State Police Jasper Post at 812-482-1441.

State Road 64 was kept closed between County Road 700E and Schnell Road during the incident.




More on DuboisCountyHerald.com