October 26, 2014

Standoff suspect pleads guilty to assaulting police officers

Mark Taylor
mtaylor@gardnernews.com
Shane Tucker pleaded guilty Nov. 15 to two felony counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, stemming from a five-hour standoff that took place last month in the 700 block of East Lincoln Lane.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 3 in Johnson County District Court.
Tucker, 27, originally faced additional charges of felony and misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property, and a misdemeanor count of domestic battery.
Those charges were dismissed by prosecutors as part of a plea agreement.
Tucker was arrested about 5:45 a.m. on Oct. 4 following a standoff that started about 12:45 a.m., and resulted in the evacuation of a townhouse complex and calls for assistance from several neighboring law enforcement agencies.
He remains jailed at Fred Allenbrand Criminal Justice Complex in lieu of a $10,000 bond.
According to Ilena Spalding, public information officer for the Gardner Police Department, officers were called to the residence at 12:45 a.m. on a domestic disturbance.
When officers arrived, Tucker started throwing several knives at the officers before returning back inside the home.
Two females escaped the townhouse and one was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The other female was not injured.
Negotiators from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office established contact with the Tucker and attempted to talk him out of the building.
Tucker later released an 11-month-old male infant to police. The child was examined by medical staff and was found to be in good condition.
Officers then tasered Tucker  and took him into custody at about 5:45 a.m.
Spalding said Tucker was charged with felony assault of a law enforcement officer for throwing knives at officers, felony criminal damage to property for damaging the interior of the townhouse he was in and misdemeanor criminal damage to property for damaging one of the victim’s cars.
The misdemeanor count of domestic battery was a first offense with no priors.
Several persons were evacuated from the Lincoln Lane Townhouses during the standoff.

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