Trooper shot during weekend standoff

From Local Sources


MADISON — A veteran Indiana State Police trooper was shot early Saturday during a standoff with an armed suspect at a residence near Madison in Jefferson County.

Master Trooper Joseph Livers, an 18-year veteran of the Indiana State Police, sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries to his lower left leg when Wade R. Roark, 59, opened fire, according to police.


The incident began at approximately 2:30 a.m. when troopers, along with officers from the Madison Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the 8000 block of East State Road 56 in eastern Jefferson County after receiving reports of a male suspect firing shots inside of a residence.

Upon arriving on scene, officers assisted the other occupants of the home to safety and determined Roark was still inside the residence.

The Indiana State Police-South Zone SWAT Team was activated and arrived on scene. Throughout the early morning hours, police said, Roark continued to fire shots through a hole in a basement wall.

At approximately 8 a.m., police say, Livers was shot while he was positioned outside of the residence. A second trooper returned fire but Roark was not struck. Roark soon exited the residence and was taken into custody by law enforcement.

Emergency personnel immediately provided aid to Livers, who was transported to King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. He was then transferred by ambulance to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he underwent surgery.

Roark was transported to the Jefferson County Jail where he is being held on preliminary charges of attempted murder, aggravated battery, battery and criminal recklessness.

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