Police, suspect exchange fire in Jennings County; man in custody, no one seriously hurt

BUTLERVILLE, Ind. — Police exchanged fire with a Jennings County man after responding to a domestic disturbance in Butlerville, police said.

The incident that led to the arrest of Charles L. Mays began after at least one shot was fired inside a home in the 5700 block of North County Road 750E in Butlerville in eastern Jennings County, said Sgt. Stephen Wheeles of the Indiana State Police.

Both State Police officers and deputies from the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department responded about 3:30 a.m. Saturday, when the lone male occupant at the residence exited, only to fire at approaching officers, Wheeles said.

Multiple officers with the two police agencies returned fire at Charles L. Mays, 25, of Butlerville, who retreated back into the home and refused to surrender, Wheeles said.

Additional officers arrived at the scene, including Indiana State Police negotiators and the Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team, he said.

Contact was made with Mays throughout the day, although he remained barricaded for about 16 hours, until exiting the residence at 7:45 p.m. when he surrendered to police, Wheeles said.

Mays was immediately given medical attention at the scene for injuries he sustained during the incident, Wheeles said. He was then transported to St. Vincent Jennings Hospital in North Vernon for further treatment of injuries, which are believed to be non-life threatening, he said.

Following treatment, Mays was expected to be transported to the Jennings County Jail, where he faces preliminary charges of attempted murder, intimidation with a deadly weapon, criminal recklessness, and battery, Wheeles said.

With the ongoing investigation, the names of the officers involved in the shooting were not being released as of late Saturday night, he said.

The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department, Jennings County Prosecutor’s Office, Jennings County EMS, and the American Red Cross.