FORTVILLE — Police were dispatched to a residence after reports of gunshots and a possible hostage situation on Tuesday, May 29, at the 9300 block of N. Bayfield Drive in McCordsville.
Early reports indicated that a man had taken himself and three children hostage. The Hancock County Joint Task Team was prepping to travel in from Greenfield. Before they were dispatched, a request was put in for a hostage negotiator, but their calls to traditional sources turned back no results.
That’s where Fortville police officer Shawn Neal Brady came in.
“(Brady) volunteered while off duty,” Fortville Town Marshal Don Bender said.
Brady, who had taken courses in hostage negotiation, was available and traveled to the scene, where Bender said he was able to quickly defuse the situation, securing the quick release of the three children and the surrender of the man in question.
For his effort, Brady was honored with a plaque from McCordsville Police Chief Harold Rodgers, which Bender presented to Brady at the Fortville Town Council meeting on June 4.
The original call reported a gunshot, and a witness observed a man hastily leaving the property and leaving the subdivision at a high rate of speed. Officers from the McCordsville Police Department responded, and another person on the property refused to let them in, according to Rodgers.
“There were three children in the home, which added concern,” he said.
Before the SWAT team was activated, Brady stepped in and was able to talk the man out of the house.
In the aftermath of the situation, Rodgers said officers determined that the noise neighbors thought was a gunshot was actually a skateboard being thrown against an aluminum door in an argument between the homeowner and his brother.
“And alcohol was also involved,” Rodgers said. “It was a couple of bad decisions. Nonetheless, we still had to act as if it was a problem.”