Officers called to hotel for "subject with a weapon"

Several officers have responded to a call for a "subject with a weapon" at a Terre Haute hotel, according to authorities.

Posted: Mar 20, 2021 9:49 AM
Updated: Mar 22, 2021 10:31 AM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A person is now in custody after several officers responded to a call for a "subject with a weapon" at a Terre Haute hotel, according to authorities.

News 10 has reached out to the Terre Haute Police Department for more information. Authorities say the call came in around 12:45 Saturday morning. Officers were dispatched to the Pear Tree Inn on U.S. 41 near Interstate 70.

The man at the center of a weekend barricade situation has been booked into the Vigo County Jail.

According to the Terre Haute Police Department, Donald Kearschner was arrested for resisting law enforcement, intimidation, and pointing a firearm. Kearschner is the same man a News 10 crew saw in handcuffs outside the Pear Tree Inn Saturday Morning.

He is a 56-year-old resident of Clay City Indiana.

Police told News 10 the man pointed a gun at his girlfriend before barricading himself inside his hotel room.

The special response team and hostage negotiators worked through the night to resolve the situation.

It was the SRT who took the man into custody.

News 10 spoke with Kenneth Pettus, a man who was staying at the Drury Inn & Suites next door, about what he saw when the incident took place. 

He said he saw people who were staying at the Pear Tree Inn get moved to his hotel when the incident took place.

Pettus said, "It kind of hurts because you know he put all these people's lives in jeopardy. My life, my friend's life, all these people, they had to leave, and for what reason."

The man at the center of this case was taken to a local hospital for evaluation before moving on to the county jail.

No other injuries were reported.

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