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"We have to be better than this..." Chief John Plasse on Mikey Reynolds escape

Police learned about the trip to Walmart after employees of the store tipped them off, telling them they thought he was there.

Posted: Mar. 13, 2018 3:04 PM
Updated: Mar. 13, 2018 9:13 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A Tuesday afternoon press conference at the Terre Haute Police Department helped fill in some of the blanks during last week's standoff in Terre Haute.

The standoff involved Mikey Reynolds.

Police say Reynolds shot and killed Amanda Kerns and wounded Ronald Lawrence at a home on Putnam Street in Terre Haute.

That is when he fled to a home on 1st Avenue.

Terre Haute Police Chief John Plasse released more information surrounding Reynold's escape from the 1st Avenue home.

Plasse said Reynolds started firing shots at officers from the 1st Avenue home around 4:30 p.m. last Monday.

Around 6:30, negotiators arrived on the scene, but Plasse says they were not able to make direct contact with Reynolds.

Plasse said through a third party, Reynolds said he wasn't going back to prison and said he thought he shot a police officer. He didn't make any demands.


Around 12:30 a.m., a neighbor saw Reynolds go through their backyard. Plasse says that neighbor did not tell police about it until the next day after Indiana State Police SWAT shot and killed Reynolds.

Plasse said the perimeter break happened while his team was on watch, before a team change with Indiana State Police.

He said the window Reynolds escaped from was "not adequately covered," adding it was raining and a privacy fence blocked part of their view.

At around 3:30 a.m., Reynolds made a trip to the south Walmart.

Cheif Plasse did not have a full list of what Reynolds purchased at Walmart but did say he bought a cell phone and did not buy ammo. He added Indiana State Police was handling this end of the investigation.

Police learned about the trip to Walmart after employees of the store tipped them off, telling them they thought he was there.

Around 9:30 a.m. police learned he was in the home on 4th Avenue, where he was ultimately killed by Indiana State Police SWAT.

Plasse said the department is taking steps to make sure an escape like this never happens again.

"We have to be better than this," Plasse said. "If I have to go personally and make sure every window is covered, I will do that."

Chief Plasse said several times he was not making excuses for his department, adding he takes full responsibility.

Plasse said he expects more arrests.

We will continue to follow this developing story and bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.

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