An Indiana State Police trooper was shot during a standoff with an armed suspect near Madison Nov. 23, according to Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, ISP Versailles District public information officer.
About 2:30 a.m., ISP Versailles District troopers, along with officers from the Madison Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the 8000 Block of East State Road 56 in eastern Jefferson County after receiving reports of a male suspect firing shots inside a residence.
Upon arriving on scene, officers assisted the other occupants of the home to safety. They determined the male suspect, Wade Roark, 59, was still inside the residence. The ISP-South Zone SWAT Team was activated and arrived on scene. Throughout the early morning hours, Roark continued to fire shots inside the residence.
About 8 a.m., Roark shot through a hole in the basement wall, striking SWAT Team member Master Trooper Joseph Livers, an 18-year ISP veteran, who was positioned outside. Another trooper returned fire. Roark was not struck by the gunfire but soon exited the residence and was taken into custody.
Emergency personnel provided immediate care to Livers, who sustained serious, but non-life threatening, injuries to his lower left leg. He was transported to King’s Daughters’ Hospital, Madison, before being transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he underwent surgery.
Roark was transported to the Jefferson County Jail where he is being held on charges of attempted murder, aggravated battery, battery and criminal recklessness. He is expected to make his initial appearance in Jefferson County Circuit Court this week.