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Standoff brings out good in the community

Some people found positives out of a bad situation.

Posted: Mar. 7, 2018 6:39 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)- Some people found positives out of a bad situation. 

Officers say it's an overwhelming feeling. They say the standoff situation brought people closer. 

Rose Cummins, a neighbor, says she felt safe with the large amount of law enforcement on the scene. 

"They have been so nice trying to do the best they can," Cummins said. "I was safe." People say they are forever thankful for the officers. "They protected us," Cummins said.

Law enforcement is receiving a tremendous amount of gratitude. Bill Hollis, a neighbor, sent his thanks. 

"All in all I would like to just give a big thumbs up to law enforcement," Hollis said. "They were awesome."

Hollis appreciates those who risked their lives.

"They are putting their lives on the line for us," Hollis said. "Give them {the officers} the respect they deserve. They have families too."

People offered food and drinks to police on the scene. 

"I offered them a bottle of mountain dew or water," Cummins said. "I would have made them a pot of coffee."

The situation brought everyone a little closer.

"They kept us safe and they got the suspect," Hollis said. 

Sgt. Joe Watts says several businesses also stepped in to help such as Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, and Baesler's Market providing food and drinks to police.

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