By IVY HERRON
After refusing to surrender when a chemical agent was
released in his house, Clay County Sheriff's Deputy
Jonathan Lambert, 34, of Brazil, walked out his back
door to be taken into custody without further incident
by members of the Indiana State Police at 12:20 a.m.
Saturday, ending a 14-hour standoff with law
Lambert was arrested and taken to the Parke
County Jail where he is being held without bond.
Mystery surrounds the number and type of criminal
charges Lambert will face when he is arraigned. All
court documents, including the arrest warrant and
probable cause affidavit, were sealed by Clay Circuit
Court Judge Robert Pell to protect the integrity of
the investigation and case against the deputy.
No further information about Lambert's alleged
criminal charges will be available until released by
After refusing to turn himself in to the Clay County
Justice Center early Friday morning, Lambert's second
refusal to comply with authorities trying to serve an
arrest warrant caused officials to establish a
two-mile perimeter around his home at 6764 W. U.S. 40.
Details about why Lambert was asked to turn himself in
to authorities are not available because of the sealed
documents in the case.
The Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team, an
Indianapolis SWAT team and the U.S. Marshall's
Service was alerted.
Negotiators from various departments communicated with
Lambert by phone throughout the 14-hour standoff.
Tense moments occurred when Lambert allegedly came
outside his home, fired a round into the ground,
re-entered his home -- it is unclear if he fired
another round inside -- and then 20 minutes later he
exited his home again to fire another round from a
handgun. No shots were fired at officers.
More than 60 law enforcement officers from Vigo County
and Putnam County sheriff's departments, Indiana
Conservation Officers, Brazil City, Greencastle and
DePauw University police departments arrived to ensure
the safety of residents in the area and motorists on
U.S. 40 and S.R. 340.
Indiana State Police are continuing to investigate the case.