2 suspects shot by authorities after search near old Dogtown Tavern

Both suspects are now in custody

2 suspects shot by authorities after search near old Dogtown Tavern

VANDERBURGH CO., Ind. (WFIE) - A man and woman are now in custody after exchanging gunfire with sheriff deputies.

Officials from the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office say two stolen vehicles were located near the Union Township river bottoms Friday morning. They say the suspects ran away.

Around 7 p.m., there was a call for suspicious subjects near the Old Dogtown Tavern.

When deputies arrived, they say they told the suspects to freeze.

That’s when they say they ran away and gunfire was exchanged. Officials say one of two suspects shot at a deputy, but the deputy was not hit.

Sheriff's office cruiser damaged by gunfire.
Sheriff's office cruiser damaged by gunfire. (Source: Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office)

According to authorities, 27-year-old Diana Ellmers continued firing at the deputy, striking the passenger side window and door of the deputy’s cruiser.

27-year-old Diana Ellmers
27-year-old Diana Ellmers (Source: Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office)

After a search, authorities say they found Ellmers in a trash bin around 8:20 p.m., and when she got out, she displayed a gun.

They say two deputies and at least one officer fired at Ellmers. It’s not clear how many times she was hit, but we are told she was hit in her abdomen and arm. She was taken from the scene in an ambulance for what officials believe to be non-life-threatening injuries.

The other suspect, 28-year-old Cade Kirk, was found just before 10:30 p.m. Officials state Kirk began verbally responding to calls for him to surrender over the public address system of EPD’s armored bearcat response vehicle.

28-year-old Cade Kirk
28-year-old Cade Kirk (Source: Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office)

According to authorities, Kirk told officials he had been shot and agreed to crawl out of the woods toward deputies where he surrendered and was taken to the hospital.

We are told he was shot in his midsection and is not believed to be life threatening.

ISP, EPD, and VCSO, assisted the scene along with the Evansville/Vanderburgh County Emergency Management Agency who responded with drones capable of thermal imaging. An ISP helicopter also responded to the scene to assist in the search.

The Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Section (CIS) has been in contact with the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office with regard to a range of possible charges against Kirk and Ellmers. The intersection of Old Henderson Road and Cypress Dale Road will remain closed until mid-day Saturday in order for detectives to process the scene for evidence.

An investigation into the incident will be conducted by the CIS as well as the Sheriff’s Office Professional Standards Unit, which is standard practice for any deputy-involved shooting.

Sheriff Dave Wedding will hold a news conference at Sheriff’s Office headquarters Sunday afternoon, at a time to be announced later.

Woman shot by authorities after search near old Dogtown Tavern

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