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Parke County man holds police at bay for six hours

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Police spent about six hours trying to protect a man from himself in Parke County on Monday.

"The morning started with a 911 hang-up at the Tim Brand residence," Parke County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Eddie McHargue told WTHI-TV. "The dispatcher called back and spoke to Mr. Brand. He seemed upset and disturbed and before hanging up the phone the dispatcher thought they heard a gunshot."

The home is about six miles northeast of Rockville on Nyesville Road.

More than a dozen police officers surrounded the Parke County trailer home Monday morning.

Police said the man, Tim Brand, had a history of erratic behavior, mental problems, and drug use.

"Previous experience was that there were firearms in the residence, possibly psychological problems involved with Mr. Brand," McHargue said.

While Brand was in the home, officers used a cell phone to keep in contact with him. They spent hours on the phone with the subject, trying to talk him out of the house safely. Family members were also on hand to help.

"Family members, his sister, would get on the phone and talk to him," McHargue said.

Brand surrendered late in the afternoon, walking down his driveway unarmed. No one was injured.

Brand was taken to the Hamilton Center where he will undergo a mental health evaluation.

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