Police release identity of suspect involved in Clay County barricade situation

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man involved in a barricade situation Tuesday evening.

Posted: Jan 9, 2018 7:43 PM
Updated: Jan 10, 2018 6:53 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The Clay County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man involved in a barricade situation Tuesday evening.

It started around 5:30 when police were called to a home in Knightsville for reports of shots fired. When officers got there, the subject had barricaded himself inside the home.

That suspect has been identified as Michael Shaine Conley, 45 of Knightsville.

Witnesses on the scene told police Conley was extremely intoxicated and was making suicidal threats. They also told police that he had two guns when they left the home and called for help.

During the three hour standoff police made several attempts to make contact with Conley who was refusing to come out of the house. Over the three hours, Conley ‘discharged several more rounds inside the house’ and even held the gun to his head ‘taunting officers to shoot him’ a press release said.

Before Conley came out of the house he began shooting out the front door toward officers who were about 40 feet away. No injuries were reported.

The barricade situation ended peacefully and Conley was taken into custody. He was taken to a local hospital for medical clearance and was then taken to the Clay County Jail.

Conley is facing seven charges of attempted murder and one charge of intimidation while armed with a deadly weapon.

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