Standoff ends with arrest


Staff Reports

A 46-year-old North Vernon wanted on two warrants was arrested after a standoff of more than an hour Tuesday, police report.

Larry Nantz faces two counts of intimidation and charges of battery by bodily waste and resisting law enforcement related to the standoff, according to a news release from the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department.

Nantz, who was wanted on two Jennings County warrants for felony charges ranging from resisting law enforcement to arson, surrendered to police at about noon Tuesday after an hour of negotiations, police reported.

Those negotiations began after police attempted to serve the warrants at a residence in Country Squire Lakes at about 11 a.m.

During the investigation, officers learned Nantz was in a back bedroom of the residence with the door barricaded.

After being ordered to come out, Nantz told Sgt. Cody Low and Officer Thomas Mellencamp that he had a gun and he was not going back to jail.

Nantz also threatened the lives of both Mellencamp and Low if they tried to arrest him, police said.

At that point, police removed all other occupants from the residence and set up a perimeter.

The Jennings County Sheriff’s Department special response team responded to the residence, and Nantz eventually surrendered to Sheriff Kenny Freeman without incident.

An airsoft gun that closely resembled a real firearm was located, police said.

While in the driveway after arrest, Nantz spit in the face of a 15-year-old female who was attempting to secure dogs inside of the home.

Nantz is currently being held in the Jennings County Jail in North Vernon with no bond on the warrants.

An Indiana State Police SWAT team and Jennings County Central Dispatch assisted with the investigation.

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