Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

January 31, 2013

Man surrenders after standoff

Domestic dispute escalates in eastern Tipton County.

By Ken de la Bastide
Tribune enterprise editor

Sharpsville — A Sharpsville man surrendered to Howard County SWAT team members after a three-hour standoff and a domestic dispute.

Tipton County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 6400 block of North 50 East at 7:36 p.m. Wednesday on a report of a domestic dispute. Before deputies arrived it was reported that Stephen D. Montgomery, 33, was intoxicated, had a handgun and was allegedly threatening to kill himself or his girlfriend and two children.

When deputies arrived the woman and children had fled the house and Montgomery had barricaded himself inside.

After failing to make contact with Montgomery, deputies and the Indiana State Police established a perimeter around the residence, in the event he tried to flee.

The Howard County Sheriff Department provided a negotiator and SWAT team. The SWAT team was prepared to enter the residence to take Montgomery into custody.

After three hours of negotiations, Montgomery walked out the front door, unarmed, and was taken into custody.

Montgomery is charged with intimidation and criminal recklessness, while armed with a deadly weapon. Both charges are Class D felonies.

Tipton County Sheriff John Moses said, to his knowledge, his department never had any dealings with Montgomery.

Moses said bond was set at $15,000, but there is a hold on Montgomery for a parole violation through the Indiana Department of Correction.

Howard County Sheriff Steve Rogers said Montgomery allegedly fired a gunshot inside the residence while the woman and children were inside.

“A witness, the victim, said Montgomery didn’t want to go back to prison,” Rogers said. “We assumed he had a prison record. We believed we had a felon in possession of a handgun.”

Ken de la Bastide may be reached at 765-454-8580 or via email at ken.delabastide@kokomotribune.com