By IVY HERRON
and FRANK PHILLIPS
The name of a Clay County Sheriff's deputy is being withheld, while an Indiana State Police SWAT team and deputies from Clay and Putnam counties wait outside, trying to talk him into surrendering peacefully.
"We have a situation" involving a deputy, Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton told The Brazil Times at 3:30 p.m. Friday.
The incident began at 10:30 a.m. Friday when officers from the Indiana State Police and Clay County Sheriff's departments attempted to serve a warrant on the deputy at his home.
The nature of the warrant has not been released and all court documents connected to the case have been sealed.
About 11:22 a.m., police closed U.S. 40 near C.R. 675W.
Residents who wished to leave their homes were allowed to do so, however, they will not be alowed to return until the incident is resolved. said Joe Watts, Indiana State Police Public Information Officer.
Vehicles in the area are being detoured on C.R. 900W or C.R. 600S.
The Brazil Times was told that at least one trucking company was asked to avoid the area and find an alternate route.
Students at Staunton Elementary and North Clay Middle schools were not allowed to ride the bus home Friday. They were keptat school until their parents could pick them up, said Chris McVay, a Clay Community Schools transportation department employee.