SWAT situation ends in New Palestine after suspect surrenders

Dustin Hunt

UPDATE (May 17, 2018) — Dustin Hunt pleaded guilty to rape, criminal confinement and domestic battery. Charges of sexual battery and a second criminal confinement count were dismissed as part of a plea agreement. He was sentenced to 13 years in the Department of Correction, with 3 years suspended, on each count, with the sentence to be served concurrently. He was also awarded credit for 263 days served in jail.

NEW PALESTINE, Ind.– A SWAT situation in New Palestine Monday evening ended with the suspect’s surrender.

Police were called to the home in the 5700 block of 600 West around 7 p.m. They say a couple’s argument from Sunday had carried over into Monday and the suspect, 41-year-old Dustin Hunt, was threatening to use a knife on himself.

SWAT was called in, and officers ended up using gas to get him to come out.

Around 9 p.m., Hunt surrendered to authorities. He was taken to a hospital for precautionary treatment. The woman was not injured.

Hunt faces preliminary charges of sexual battery, criminal confinement and domestic battery. Additional charges could be filed, officials say.

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