ISP: Situation on Natcher Bridge over; Bridge is now open

Published: Sep. 21, 2021 at 5:46 AM CDT
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DAVIESS CO., Ky. (WFIE) - Both lanes of Natcher Bridge are now open after being closed for about 15 hours Tuesday.

Law enforcement agencies from Kentucky and Indiana were on the scene.

Troopers say there was a special response team on scene, and a person who had a gun.

They say it started around 2 a.m. with a man who would not stop for authorities in Spencer County.

They also say his tires were deflated during a chase, and then he got out of the car armed.

“I’m not sure what initiated the traffic stop, but we do know that he has at least four active warrants out of Kentucky,” Kentucky State Police Trooper Corey King said. “He’s been making some threats, some suicidal threats. The challenge here for law enforcement is not only that he’s on top of a bridge, a very high bridge, but also that he is armed with a pistol.”

Officials understood this is a frequently used bridge, and was an inconvenience for drivers.

“This isn’t the most ideal location to carry out negotiations,” King said. “Not only is he armed with a gun, and most of the time has it to his head, but he’s also at the edge of the bridge where he could easily jump.”

Around 3 p.m. Indiana State Police said the situation was over, but the bridge was still closed.

The bridge opened back up around 5:30 p.m.

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