McCORDSVILLE — A McCordsville man who pointed a shotgun at a woman faces a criminal charge after the county SWAT Team was called to his home earlier this month, court records show.
Tyler Halterman, 29, 9907 N. Briarway Lane, was arrested last week and appeared before a judge Monday, where he pleaded not guilty to one count of pointing a firearm, a Level 6 felony, court records state.
Police say Halterman threatened a woman inside his home with a gun the morning of June 9, leading law enforcement to call the joint city/county SWAT team to a McCordsville neighborhood near the intersection of county roads 600W and 900N.
McCordsville Police Department officers were called to Halterman’s residence around 8:40 a.m. after a woman called 911 and asked police check in on him. She said she was home alone with Halterman, who suffers from several mental illnesses and appeared to be agitated, records state. The man had access to several weapons, she told police. While officers were en route to the house, dispatchers told police Halterman had become increasingly upset and had thrown a lamp at the woman, court records state.
When the woman left the home, Halterman followed her to the front yard with a shotgun slung over his shoulder, cursing and yelling at her, according to court records. He then pointed the shotgun at her, she told police. She hid behind a neighbor’s car, and when Halterman followed her, she ran to a neighbor’s house, court documents state.
Police said Halterman appeared tense, and when they asked him to come out of the home with his hands up, he refused, court records state.
Instead, he closed the windows and blinds in the home, and police could hear him yelling from inside, according to court documents.
About 40 minutes after police were first dispatched to the home, members of the Hancock County Joint Tactical SWAT team were sent to assist.
The SWAT team surrounded the home and called out to Halterman in hopes of calming him down. Nearly two hours after police were first called to the home, he surrendered, court records state.
Halterman was interviewed by police before being taken to the St. Vincent Stress Center to be evaluated.
Halterman told police he thought he saw his neighbors videotaping him earlier that day, and he became upset, which led to the argument with the woman at his home, court records state.
Police later searched the home and found two loaded handguns and a shotgun, along with multiple rounds of ammunition, court records state.
At press time, Halterman, who was arrested Wednesday, was being held at the Hancock County Jail on a $2,000 bond.
The Level 6 felony count he faces carries a penalty of six months to 2.5 years and up to $10,000 in fines.