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Officials say they will no longer need to use the Red Flag Law after shots were fired toward Sullivan County police

Police say they will no longer have to use the Red Flag Law to remove weapons from a Sullivan County standoff suspect's home.

Posted: Aug 23, 2019 3:30 PM
Updated: Aug 23, 2019 6:58 PM

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - Police say they will no longer have to use the Red Flag Law to remove weapons from a Sullivan County standoff suspect's home.

The standoff happened on Friday afternoon at a home on 478 West County Road 75 S.

According to Sullivan County Sheriff Clark Cottom police were called to the home for a well-being check.

When deputies arrived, they reported hearing gunshots from inside and quickly surrounded the house.

That is when Cottom reported shots were fired in his direction.

A short time later, Robert Shonkwiler came out of the home with his hands in the air. He was arrested and transported to the Sullivan County Jail.

During a search of the home, police said they found several guns inside.

Initially, police said they would use the Jake Laird Law, or the Red Flag Law, as it is better known to remove the weapons.

Now, they will not need to use the Red Flag Law to seize the weapons, since Shonkwiler is facing criminal charges.

The firearms will be seized as a result of those charges.

"We're very fortunate here today that somebody wasn't killed I mean we have police officers standing on the front porch coming out here to help somebody. It's not worth somebody getting shot or killed when somebodies inside with a rifle," said Sheriff Cottom. 

No injuries were reported in the incident.

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

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