SWAT standoff in Crown Point ends without injuries
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent October 7, 2013 11:41PM
Updated: November 9, 2013 6:30AM
CROWN POINT — A 41-year-old Crown Point man is in jail facing multiple felony charges after a domestic altercation turned into a three-hour stand-off with the Northwest Regional SWAT Team early Sunday morning at his home in the 2100 block of W. 96th Place.
The stand-off began after police responded to a call about a distraught woman walking down Main Street at about 3 a.m. crying. When Crown Point police found the woman in the parking lot of a nearby business, she said she had been in an altercation with Terry L. Walsh of Crown Point, who she lives with and is the father of her 6- and 10-year-old children, according to Crown Point Police Chief Pete Land.
The 36-year-old victim told police both children and her 22-year-old niece were still in the house and Walsh, who she described as “extremely intoxicated,” according to the police report, would not let them leave and she was worried for their safety.
When police arrived at the home, Walsh was aggressive and refused to let the children or woman leave, despite the 10-year-old coming to the door and saying she wanted to be with her mother.
Walsh proceeded to threaten police with a large dog, ordering them off his property and threatening to shoot and kill police if they did not comply, Land said.
“When you have a person shouting at you he will shoot and kill anyone who walks on his property, coupled with the fact young children are inside the house with him being held against their will, it has the potential of someone getting hurt,” Land said.
During the course of the stand-off, the 22-year-old and 10-year-old females were able to escape the home through a different door. They told police they were unable to bring the 6-year-old along because Walsh had her with him, according to Land.
When the SWAT team entered the home, they were able to retrieve the youngster. Walsh kicked and fought when police attempted to subdue him and spit at the officers.
“In this case we were able to end the standoff with all persons walking away unharmed,” Land said.
Walsh is facing charges of three counts of criminal confinement, domestic battery, intimidation and attempted battery by bodily waste, all class D felonies. He remains in custody pending the setting and posting of bond.
“The responding officers and our SWAT team did a great job of ensuring the safety of police officers and those being held against their will in the house,” Land said.