Man waving BB gun ends up in standoff with police
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent June 12, 2013 12:58PM
Updated: July 15, 2013 6:53PM
SOUTH HAVEN — A drunk man pulled out a gun — only later discovered to be a BB gun — on the street and yelled he was going to kill someone.
The threat allegedly was made about 8:35 p.m. Tuesday as Garland Henderson, 31, walked toward the home of relatives in the 300 block of Pinewood Court, in South Haven.
Henderson got inside when a child unlocked the door. Three children and their mother, Henderson’s cousin, ran out and took cover behind a neighbor’s house when police arrived at about 8:40 p.m. However, Henderson’s aunt, who uses a wheelchair, and her boyfriend remained inside.
Police officers from multiple departments —Porter County, Indiana State Police, Portage and Burns Harbor — gathered in the residential neighborhood and had surrounded the house by the time Henderson tried to escape out the back door, minutes after 9 p.m.
Throughout the arrest process, police said, Henderson hurled a litany of profanities, made comments about an officer for being black, and made sexual comments to nurses while at Porter Regional Hospital, where he was taken to be medically cleared to be jailed, due to his highly intoxicated state.
At the scene, where no one was injured, police found a black nylon holster next to the living room coach and a BB gun under a futon in Henderson’s 3-year-old nephew’s bedroom. Police said the gun, powered by carbon dioxide, was black and nearly identical to a Walther .380 pistol. There also was a hole in the kitchen wall, which Henderson’s aunt said he punched in rage when police arrived.
Henderson, who lives at another address in South Haven, is a “frequent flier” at the Porter County Jail, said Larry LaFlower, public information officer for the Porter County Sheriff’s Department. At the time of the arrest, Henderson already was on supervised probation.
For this incident, he is charged with Class C felony intimidation, plus misdemeanor charges of resisting law enforcement, disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and criminal mischief.