Peaceful conclusion to Terre Haute standoff


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – 5:45 PM UPDATE: News 10 was at the scene of an active arrest for most of Thursday morning, one that involved local SWAT.

It happened at the corner of 11th and Washington in Terre Haute.

That intersection and the two streets connected were swarming with law enforcement officers from three different agencies.

All for one man, one who led Indiana State Police on quite a chase early Thursday morning, before he escaped.

They were making a routine traffic stop when the driver fled. The pursuit crossed into Clay County before officials lost the suspect, Tyler Fagin, 36 of Terre Haute.

Clay County law enforcement found his abandoned vehicle in a farm field, where the farmer’s vehicle was stolen.

That stolen vehicle was found by Terre Haute police not far from this address this morning. That’s when police found Fagin in the home.

Officials report the suspect threatened the safety of officers and himself so the Terre Haute Special Response Team (SRT) was called in.

Negotiators reasoned with Fagin for about 90 minutes before he gave himself up.

“Once they developed a conversation with the person, he threatened to harm himself, at which time he barricaded himself, at that time officers slowed things down, did not want harm to come to him or anyone else, and they were able to negotiate with him via another telephone,” said Sergeant Joe Watts, Indiana State Police.

Officials say SRT is only called out in the worst of circumstances; threat of violence. But they always try to find a peaceful conclusion first.

Fagin was arrested and will be charged with resisting law enforcement, receiving stolen auto parts, and reckless driving.

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