Standoff ends in arrest in North Vernon

North Vernon police arrested a Jennings County man early Tuesday morning following a brief standoff involving a deadly weapon.

Jeffrey M. Rollinson, 58, of North Vernon faces charges of intimidation with a deadly weapon, a Level 5 felony, and criminal confinement, a Level 6 felony. He also faces misdemeanor charges of battery, disorderly conduct, public intoxication and criminal mischief.

According to a news release from the department, police received a disturbance call around 3:45 a.m. Monday in the 200 block of Vintage Trace.

Officers Anthony Bagby and Shane Trepanier responded to the report and were met by a woman, who claimed Rollinson had threatened her with a knife and then battered her and refused to let her leave, police said.

Officers reported they then attempted to make contact with Rollinson, but he threatened to kill them if they entered the home.

This led police to secure the perimeter of the home and activate the department’s emergency response team, according to the report.

The team arrived and began negotiating with Rollinson, police said. After about 30 minutes, he came out of the house and into his driveway but was not complying with directions to put his knife down, police said.

Police then used a stun gun to incapacitate him, and he was arrested and taken to the Jennings County Jail in North Vernon. He was booked into the jail at 5:28 a.m. and is being held on a $1,055 bond.

If convicted, a Level 5 felony carries a sentence ranging from one to six years with an advisory sentence of three years.