Police: Man shot during Speedway SWAT standoff had leg amputated

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Doug Gaultney

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (April 6, 2016) – A man who was shot during a SWAT standoff in Speedway last week has been upgraded from critical to serious condition, according to Indiana State Police.

Doug Gaultney suffered gunshot wounds to his chest, stomach and lower body following the shooting. Police said Gaultney had to have one of his legs amputated.

Police responded in Speedway around 1:10 p.m. after receiving information that Gaultney, who was wanted on a warrant out of Knox County for a probation violation possession of marijuana, was barricaded inside a van at 18th Street and MacArthur Lane.

Police said Gaultney displayed a shotgun when officers approached and made statements leading them to believe he had no intention of getting out. Officers negotiated with Gaultney for several hours. At one point, he got out of the van, shotgun still in hand, but immediately got back inside.

Around 7 p.m., SWAT team members tried to use tear gas and an armored state police vehicle to convince Gaultney to surrender. Police said Gaultney then got out of the van and pointed his shotgun at officers, who opened fire.

Officers at the scene provided life-saving aid after Gaultney was shot; two tourniquets were applied by police to stop the bleeding until medics could respond.

State police said “every reasonable action was exhausted by members of the Speedway Police Department and the Indiana State Police to bring the standoff to a peaceful resolution.”

Investigators haven’t been able to speak with Gaultney and don’t expect they’ll be able to in the foreseeable future due to his injuries. Police said he’s being closely monitored and called the coming days “very critical” to his recovery.

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