A normally quiet subdivision off West Rhudes Creek Road in the Glendale area was a flurry of activity Wednesday morning during a police standoff.
Police were on alert, many with guns drawn, in below freezing temperatures waiting for Gary Troutman, a resident of a home on Palmetto Loop, to stand down.
The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office received a request for a welfare check at the residence and deputies were dispatched around 8 a.m., Sheriff John Ward said.
“When units arrived, they attempted to make contact and heard gunshots from inside the apartment,” said Scotty Sharp, public affairs officer for Kentucky State Police Post 4.
When deputies arrived, they attempted to make contact with Troutman and two shots were fired, Ward said. When other officers arrived on scene, another shot was fired.
Troutman was in a duplex-style apartment as police positioned in front of the home and in the back yard.
After examining evidence on scene, it was determined Troutman was shooting at the officers, Ward said.
Sharp said the sheriff’s office requested KSP’s assistance. Officers waited on standby for KSP’s Special Response Team to arrive. Air Methods, a medical helicopter transport service, also was called to fly over the scene, Sharp said.
Around 11 a.m., a woman neighbors identified as Troutman’s mother arrived and yelled down the street for people to pray for the situation. When the special response team began to approach the home, she stayed on her knees, praying from a distance.
Sharp said the initial call to KSP described a “suicidal subject.”
After repeatedly asking Troutman to come out of the home unarmed with his hands on his head, he finally emerged at about 12:30 p.m.
Sharp reported the situation was resolved without incident and everyone involved was safe.
“As far as I know, it’s a domestic issue,” apartment complex manager Jana Propst said.
She said Troutman was home alone and she believed it all started with a welfare check that escalated.
“It’s a very safe neighborhood. This is not a regular occurrence,” she said. “I’ve been here seven years and it’s usually a calm neighborhood.”
She appreciated the precautions police took to get everyone safely out of the area.
Propst said she never had issues with Troutman before.
“It’s a big surprise for everyone involved,” she said.
Neighbor Joe Harned was asleep when deputies woke him to ask him to leave his home for a safer location. He was not allowed back until the situation was resolved.
Another neighbor, Aaron Crabtree, said he started noticing police in the neighborhood around 8 a.m. Amanda Rogers, whose father lives in the neighborhood, said he told her he heard gunshots early Wednesday morning but assumed it was deer hunters before he saw the police arrive.
Ward said Troutman is charged with 10 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer. He is lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center. First-degree wanton endangerment is a Class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison, if convicted.