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Aurora Man Hospitalized After Firing At Officers, Standoff With Police

Posted On December 16, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

Photo by Indiana State Police.

(Aurora, Ind.) – An Aurora man is in the hospital, and may face charges, following a five-hour-long standoff with police that began when he allegedly fired shots toward two officers.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Stephen Wheels says officers from the Aurora Police Department and Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department went to 5789 Dutch Hollow Road to perform a welfare check on the resident just before 2:00 p.m. Friday.

Once at the home, officers learned that the subject, Michael A. Smith, 32, was wanted on a Dearborn County probation violation warrant.

“While attempting to make contact with Smith at the front door of the residence, he fired a shot from a gun in the direction of the officers. The officers then moved back from the house and requested assistance from other police agencies. The Indiana State Police and officers from other nearby police departments responded to the scene,” Wheeles said in a news release Saturday.

The officers were not injured.

A standoff ensued. At around 7:00 p.m., the Indiana State Police SWAT Team entered the residence and took Smith into custody without further incident.

Investigators say Smith was in need of medical attention, but no specific details were given. He was transported to the Dearborn County Hospital and later transferred to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. As of this report, Smith has not been booked into jail at the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center, according to the jail’s inmate list.

“The investigation is ongoing at this time by Indiana State Police Detectives,” Wheeles said. “At the conclusion of the investigation, the case will be forwarded to the Dearborn County Prosecutor’s Office where charges related to this incident may be filed against Smith.”

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