UPDATE: Attempted Murder Charge In Shooting

Posted On June 11, 2012

William C. Hoffman, Jr.

Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center



Police block off part of William Street in downtown Lawrenceburg as they respond to the shooting scene.

Chris Bowling-Eagle 99.3



Update posted at 8:22 p.m.:


A Lawrenceburg man who was allegedly involved in a shootout with police is being charged with Attempted Murder and other felonies.


William C. Hoffman, Jr., 31, was the subject of a six hour standoff that occurred late last Thursday night, June 7 into the early morning hours Friday. 


Hoffman allegedly fired shots at the officers outside the Williams Street home he was barricaded in. He was wounded by a police bullet as law enforcement returned fire. No officers were hurt in the altercation.


Hoffman had been held on a preliminary charge of Criminal Recklessness. On Monday, police filed six new charges in Dearborn Superior Court including Attempted Murder (Class A Felony), Attempted Aggravated Battery (Class B Felony), Attempted Battery with a Deadly Weapon (Class C Felony), Intimidation with a Deadly Weapon (Class C Felony), and Pointing a Firearm (Class D Felony). 


The suspect is now being held in the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center. He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. for his initial hearing.




Original story posted at 10:48 a.m.:


(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Gunfire was exchanged between police and a domestic dispute suspect in Lawrenceburg on Thursday, June 7.


According to Indiana State Police, Lawrenceburg Police first responded to 121 E. William Street to investigate a report of a domestic disturbance at about 8:43 p.m.


Upon arrival officers encountered what they described as an “uncooperative male” later identified as William C. Hoffman, Jr. After initial contact with Hoffman outside the home he went back inside and then returned and confronted officers a second time with a firearm. 


At this time no shots were fired, however, he retreated back into the house again beginning the standoff. 


Officers negotiated with Hoffman encouraging him to give up. Then, just after 11:00 p.m. he began firing at officers who returned fire.  Hoffman had been struck by a bullet from one of the officers.


The Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team was called to the scene and at approximately 3:00 a.m. ERT members made entry into the house where they took Hoffman into custody without further incident.


Hoffman, 31, suffered a gunshot wound to the back of one of his shoulders.  He was transported to Dearborn County Hospital and later transferred to University Hospital in Cincinnati for further treatment. 


Once released from the hospital, Hoffman was held at the Hamilton County Justice Center in Cincinnati before he was extradited back to Dearborn County at Friday afternoon. Hoffman is facing a preliminary charge of Criminal Recklessness (Class D Felony).  Other charges could be filed later.


Hoffman has not yet made his initial appearance in Dearborn County court, meaning no bond has been set.




Stand-off In Lawrenceburg Comes To An End