SWAT trooper shot by suspect during Saturday morning standoff

Photo//Indiana State Police Versailles/Twitter

MADISON, Ind. — A State Police trooper was injured during a standoff Saturday morning.

The Indiana State Police said the SWAT trooper was shot by a suspect while responding to a standoff at a home in the 8000 block of East Side Road 56 in eastern Jefferson County.

The standoff started around 2:30 on Saturday morning. Troopers with the Indiana State Police responded to the home along with officers from the Madison Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office responded to the home after reports of a man firing shots inside.

Arrest Photo of Wade Roark (Photo//Indiana State Police)

When officers arrived, they helped the other occupants get to safety before determining the suspect, 59-year-old Wade Roark was still inside.

Throughout the morning, police say Roark continued to fire shots from inside the home. Around 8 a.m., police say a SWAT team member was shot in the leg while he was outside. Another trooper returned fire, missing Roark.

Roark eventually left the home and was taken into custody. The trooper was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Roark was transported to the Jefferson County Jail pending the filing of charges in the case.

Eighteen year veteran Master Trooper Joseph Livers was identified as the trooper shot in the standoff.

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