BREAKING: Charges pending in three-hour standoff that ended peacefully

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A shots fired complaint in Knightsville ended peacefully after a three-hour standoff Tuesday evening.

The Clay County 911 Dispatch was notified of the complaint at 5:33 p.m., with officers from the Clay County Sheriff’s Department, Knightsville Town Marshall and Brazil City Police department responding.

The barricaded male was identified as Michael Shaine Conley, 45, Knightsville. Witnesses from the residence stating he was extremely intoxicated, had multiple firearms and had began making suicidal threats.

Witnesses also stated after the initial gunshot Conley had at least two handguns in his possession when they fled the residence to call for help.

A perimeter was quickly set up around the residence as officers began to make contact with Conley, who refused to come out.

During the incident Conley discharged several more rounds inside the house and opened the front door holding a gun to his head, taunting officers to shoot him.

After several hours, officials confirm that Conley began to fire his handgun from the front door at officers approximately 40 feet away. Deputies took cover, and no one was injured.

Several less lethal options were used by the officers during the incident before Conley finally surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident.

Conley was transported by Star Ambulance to Terre Haute Regional Hospital, where he was medically cleared. Conley was then transported to the Clay County Justice Center, remanded into custody to await a mental evaluation.

Information from the Clay County Prosecutor’s Office indicates Conley will be charged with seven counts of attempted murder and one count of intimidation while armed with a deadly weapon.

Conley is currently incarcerated at the jail, being held without bond.

Further information is unavailable due to the ongoing investigation.

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