2015-06-23 / Front Page

Fifteen-Hour Standoff With Police Ends In Arrest Of 33-Year-Old Man Last Friday Morning In Cloverdale

Staff Report


The incident was reported at the Appliance Guy store (shown in the background) near Grant and Market streets in Cloverdale around 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 18. The store also serves as the home of 33-year-old James E. Kirby, who was taken into custody early Friday morning following a 15-hour standoff with police. (Staff Photo) The incident was reported at the Appliance Guy store (shown in the background) near Grant and Market streets in Cloverdale around 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 18. The store also serves as the home of 33-year-old James E. Kirby, who was taken into custody early Friday morning following a 15-hour standoff with police. (Staff Photo) A 15-hour standoff that lasted from Thursday afternoon (June 18) to early Friday morning (June 19) ended in the arrest of 33-year-old James E. Kirby of Cloverdale.

Kirby, who was taken into custody without incident, was preliminarily charged with criminal confinement, resisting law enforcement with a weapon, and neglect of a dependent.

According to information released through the Indiana State Police (ISP) Post at Putnamville, preliminary investigation revealed at approximately two o’clock Thursday afternoon (June 18), a Putnam County Sheriff’s Department deputy and a Cloverdale Police Department officer accompanied the Putnam County Department of Child Services (DCS) to a business with an apartment on Market Street just west of U.S. 231 in Cloverdale. The scope of the visit was for DPS workers and law enforcement to execute a Putnam County Circuit Court Order for DCS to take custody of a two-week-old infant female. Once inside the apartment, the father, Kirby, allegedly became agitated and brandished a handgun. The DCS workers exited the apartment as did the officers to not elevate the risk for the infant. Remaining inside the apartment were Kirby, the two-week old-infant and its mother. Putnam County Sheriff Scotty Stockton then requested assistance from the Indiana State Police.

ISP and Putnam County Sheriff negotiators established a dialogue with the male that lasted until approximately 4:45 Friday morning. During the event, Indiana State Police SWAT team members from teams “C”, “N” and “S” secured a perimeter around the affected area. On medical standby at the scene during the nearly 15-hour stand-off were paramedics from Putnam County Operation Life and members of the Cloverdale Township Volunteer Fire Department.

Two handguns were reportedly recovered at the scene.

The infant was transported by Putnam County Operation Life Paramedics to the Putnam County Hospital for evaluation. After the evaluation, the Putnam Circuit Court was to determine placement of the infant.

The investigation remains ongoing; but as of Friday morning, the mother had not been charged.

The lead investigator is ISP Detective Don Anglin. Assisting were many troopers and detectives from the Putnamville Post, ISP Hostage Negotiators, ISP SWAT teams, ISP Crime Scene Investigations, Putnam County Prosecutor’s Office, Putnam County Sheriff Scotty Stockton and deputies, Cloverdale Police Department, Putnam County Operation Life , and Cloverdale Township VFD/Rescue.

Under the law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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