Laurel standoff

The Indiana State Police SWAT Team and negotiators responded to assist.

A Laurel man was arrested on numerous charges following a nearly six-hour standoff with law enforcement in Franklin County Jan. 13, reported Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, Indiana State Police Versailles District public information officer.

The incident began at about 11:30 a.m. when troopers with the Indiana State Police Versailles Post All Crimes Policing Team went to 139 Commerce Drive in downtown Laurel to serve arrest warrants on Jonathan Bingham, 34, who lived at the residence.

Bingham was wanted in Ripley County on a parole warrant as well as an additional warrant, Wheeles said.

When the troopers arrived, Bingham attempted to flee out the back door. “Upon exiting the house, he saw a trooper and ran back inside,” according to the officer. The man stayed inside the residence for nearly six hours and refused to surrender.

“He told the troopers at the scene that he was going to shoot them,” Wheeles said.

At about 5:30 p.m., the suspect exited the home and surrendered. During a search of the residence, troopers located suspected methamphetamine, syringes and drug paraphernalia.

Bingham was arrested on the warrants along with additional charges of resisting law enforcement, intimidation, possession of methamphetamine, possession of syringes and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was transported to Margaret Mary Health, Batesville, for evaluation before being incarcerated in the Ripley County Jail, Versailles. “Bingham will also be facing the new charges in Franklin County,” the officer noted.

The investigation is ongoing.

The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and Laurel Police Department.

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