Nashville—Indiana Conservation Officers defused a tense situation Monday night at Brown County State Park that resulted in the arrest of Larry Stearley, 77, of Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Stearley’s daughter had called police after receiving disturbing texts from him.
Conservation Officers made contact with Stearley in one of the family cabins in the park. Stearley came to the cabin door and pointed a gun at the officers. One shot was fired by an officer as the officers left the porch and took cover in the woods.
Conservation Officers maintained communications with Stearley while waiting for backup from Brown County Sheriff’s Department and Nashville Police Department. At a point when Stearley left the cabin and it was clear he no longer had the gun, officers took him into custody.
Stearley was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for evaluation.
The Brown County Prosecutor’s Office will determine possible charges against Stearley, including but not limited to pointing a firearm at a person and resisting arrest.