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Police End Two-Hour Standoff at Indiana KOA

September 25, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

A Lafayette, Ind., man was taken into custody after a two-hour standoff with the Crawfordsville Police Department at the Crawfordsville KOA campgrounds.

The Lafayette Journal and Courier that, according to Police Chief Mike Norman, dispatchers received a call about 2 p.m. Sunday about a man who was wanted in Clinton County for probation violation.

The caller said the man, identified as 38-year-old James D. Harral of Lafayette, was about to leave the campgrounds in a recreational vehicle. Officers arrived as Harral pulled out of the driveway.

Police blocked the campground exit off U.S. 231 and asked Harral to leave the vehicle. A woman and her son exited the RV, but Harral remained inside.

The woman said Harral told her he was “going to have a few beers and wasn’t coming out,” police said.

At that time, a multijurisdictional SWAT team was called. In addition to the SWAT team, officers from the Crawfordsville Police Department, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Indiana State Police were at the scene.

Norman said police were informed that Harral may have had a knife inside the RV, but they were unsure if he was armed with any other weapons.

SWAT negotiators attempted to get Harral to exit the RV. When that failed, the SWAT team used beanbag rounds to bring Harral into custody about 4:45 p.m.

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