Indiana State Police Troopers leave the scene of an active shooter situation in the 8200 block of East SR 56 shortly before noon on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. ISP has released no details on the incident incident but other police agencies have confirmed that the shooter is in custody. The situation began about 4 a.m. at a residence about 8 miles from Madison. (Courier staff photo by Mark Campbell)
Indiana State Police Troopers leave the scene of an active shooter situation in the 8200 block of East SR 56 shortly before noon on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. ISP has released no details on the incident incident but other police agencies have confirmed that the shooter is in custody. The situation began about 4 a.m. at a residence about 8 miles from Madison. (Courier staff photo by Mark Campbell)

Police were responding to reports of a man firing shots inside a eastern Jefferson County home early Saturday morning when the incident escalated into a five-hour standoff and the wounding of an Indiana State Police SWAT team member later that morning.

The incident began at about 2:30 a.m. when troopers with the Indiana State Police Versailles Post, along with officers from the Madison Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the 8000 block of East State Road 56 after receiving reports of a male suspect firing shots inside of a residence.

After arriving at the scene, officers assisted other occupants of the home to safety only to determine that the male suspect, Wade R. Roark, 59, was still inside the residence. The Indiana State Police-South Zone SWAT Team was activated and dispatched to the scene.

Roark continued to fire shots inside the residence throughout the early morning hours until firing on and striking one of the SWAT team members at about 8 a.m., said a release by ISP Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, public information officer for the Versailles post.

The ISP has not identified the SWAT team member who was wounded at this time; however, the 18-year state police veteran was shot in the leg while he was positioned outside of the residence, the release said.

After the officer was wounded, a second trooper returned fire but Roark was not struck by the gunfire. However, Roark soon exited the residence and was taken into custody by law enforcement, the release said.

Emergency personnel were able to immediately provide aid to the trooper, who was transported to King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. He was then transported by ambulance to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for additional treatment. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Wheeles could not elaborate on the severity of the trooper’s injuries but said the officer would likely require “significant recovery time.”

Roark was transported to Madison where he was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail and being held pending the filing of charges in the case.

Wheeles said he did not know if Roark also sustained injuries in the incident but that they would have had to have been minor since he is in jail and not a hospital. He said Roark wasn’t a resident of the home but had connections to the family that lived there.

State Road 56 was closed to traffic for about 14 hours during the standoff and the investigation before reopening shortly after 5 p.m. Troopers and other law enforcement continued to come and go throughout the morning and afternoon as more than two dozens official vehicles, including a SWAT truck, lined the roadway near the home at 8273 East State Road 56 just east of Brooksburg near Splinters Ridge Road. The property is located across State Road 56 from the Hi Acres Campground and borders the Splinter Ridge Fish & Wildlife Area and Morris Chapel Cemetery.

The Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department first confirmed the situation on its Facebook page Saturday morning while advising motorists of the road closure and to avoid the area.

“There was an active shooter situation early this morning in Jefferson Co, but subject is now in custody. Currently the road is remaining closed and will update when it is opened. Further information should be released from Indiana State Police.”


Update: SWAT trooper wounded responding to incident 11/23/19. 5:47 PM

The Indiana State Police trooper who was shot by a suspect during a standoff at a home in eastern Jefferson County Saturday morning was wounded in the leg.

The trooper, who is a member of an ISP SWAT unit dispatched to the scene, was transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment. His injuries were non-life threatening, said Stephen Wheeles, public information officer for the ISP’s Versailles Post.

Wheeles could not elaborate on the severity of the trooper’s injuries but said the officer would likely require “significant recovery time.”

The suspect involved in the shooting is now in jail. Wade Roark, 59, was taken into custody by state police after the shooting and has been lodged in the Jefferson County Jail in Madison, about 8 miles west of where the shooting took place, Wheeles said.

Wheeles said he did not know if Roark also sustained injuries in the incident but that they would have had to have been minor since he is in jail and not a hospital. He said Roark wasn’t a resident of the home but had connections to the family that lived there.

Police responded sometime before 4 a.m. to a standoff that became an active shooter incident at 8273 E. S.R. 56. Throughout the morning and afternoon police continued to arrive and leave the scene with more than two dozens official vehicles, including a SWAT truck, lining S.R. 56 just east of Brooksburg, Indiana, near Splinters Ridge Road.

The property is located across S.R. 56 from the Hi Acres Campground and borders the Splinter Ridge Fish & Wildlife Area and Morris Chapel Cemetery.

East S.R. 56 was closed about 13 hours between Splinters Ridge and Lost Fork until shortly after 5 p.m.

The Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department first confirmed the situation on its Facebook page Saturday morning while advising motorists of the road closure and to avoid the area.

“There was an active shooter situation early this morning in Jefferson Co, but subject is now in custody. Currently the road is remaining closed and will update when it is opened. Further information should be released from Indiana State Police.”


Update: November 23, 2019 2:17 PM

An Indiana State Police trooper was shot by a suspect during a standoff at a home in the 8200 block of East State Road 56 in Jefferson County Saturday morning.

The trooper, who is a member of an ISP SWAT unit dispatched to the scene, was transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment. His injuries are believed to be non-life threatening, said Stephen Wheeles, public information officer for the ISP’s Versailles Post.

The suspect involved in the shooting is in police custody. No information was available on the suspect or whether he was injured in the incident.

Police responded sometime before 4 a.m. to what became an active shooter incident. Throughout the morning and afternoon police continued to arrive and leave the scene with more than two dozens official vehicles, including a SWAT truck, lining S.R 56 just east of Brooksburg, Indiana, near Splinters Ridge Road.

The property, located about 8 miles east of Madison, is just off S.R. 56 across from the Hi Acres Campground and borders the Splinter Ridge Fish & Wildlife Area and Morris Chapel Cemetery.

Jefferson County 911 Communications issued an advisory about noon that said ISP has closed East S.R. 56 between Splinters Ridge and Lost Fork for an undetermined amount of time and told motorists to use an alternate route.

Wheeles, who said he had been on the scene for most of the day, confirmed that S.R. 56 will remain blocked between Madison and Vevay while the investigation continues.

The Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department first confirmed the situation on its Facebook page Saturday morning while advising motorists that S.R. 56 was closed and would remain closed for some time.

“There was an active shooter situation early this morning in Jefferson Co, but subject is now in custody. Currently the road is remaining closed and will update when it is opened. Further information should be released from Indiana State Police.”

Multiple law enforcement vehicles and other first responders began tearing east on State Road 56 Saturday before dawn.

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Investigation ongoing into active shooter situation in Jefferson County.  11/23/2019. 12:33 PM

A suspect is in custody but Indiana State Police still are investigating at the scene of an active shooter call early this morning on State Road 56 about eight miles east of Madison. No details have been released yet on whether anyone was injured.

Jefferson County 911 Communications issued an advisory about noon that said ISP has closed East S.R. 56 between Splinters Ridge and Lost Fork for an undetermined amount of time and told motorists to use an alternate route.

Police responded sometime before 4 a.m. to the 8200 block of East S.R. 56, just east of Splinter’s Ridge Road near Brooksburg in Jefferson County.

The Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department confirmed the situation on its Facebook page later Saturday morning while advising motorists that S.R. 56 was closed and would remain closed for some time.

“There was an active shooter situation early this morning in Jefferson Co, but subject is now in custody. Currently the road is remaining closed and will update when it is opened. Further information should be released from Indiana State Police.

Multiple law enforcement vehicles and other first responders began tearing east on State Road 56 Saturday before dawn. So far, the only official information available is from Switzerland County.

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