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Standoff In Louisville Comes To An End

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A man suspected of shooting two Indiana
police officers in an ambush was found dead of a self-inflicted
gunshot Friday night, hours after he had barricaded himself in a
Louisville house.
Negotiators tried all day to end the standoff peacefully, but
the suspect was found dead at 8:45 p.m. after he shot himself, said
Louisville Metro Police spokesman Robert Biven. Police had deployed
gas inside the house around that time, Biven said.
Police had earlier said the suspect in the house was Robert
Datillo, 37, of Jeffersonville, Ind. Datillo was wanted by
investigators probing the shootings of the officers at a motel
Thursday in southern Indiana, just across the Ohio River from
Louisville. Both officers were in stable condition Friday.
"It's always to our interests to have the person come out.
Unfortunately this person decided to take his own life," Biven
said.
Police had said Datillo indicated he was armed during the
daylong standoff. A SWAT team, hostage negotiators and federal
agents had descended on the southern Louisville neighborhood of
well-kept one-story brick houses around 10:30 a.m. EST after a
vehicle believed linked to the shootings was seen there, said
Alicia Smiley, a Louisville police spokeswoman.
In southern Indiana, police questioned two other men about the
shootings and later released them, saying they were no longer
considered suspects in the shooting. However, Jeffersonville, Ind.,
Detective Todd Hollis said police hadn't ruled out charges at a
later date for Vincent Windell Jr., 22, and Kyle Bieber, 19,
Datillo's nephew.
The two men acknowledged they had at some point Thursday been in
the motel room where Jeffersonville Cpl. Dan Lawhorn, 39, and
Patrolman Keith Broady, 32, were shot, Hollis said. But police did
not believe they were in the room when the shootings occurred.
The ordeal began that evening when the officers went to a Motel
6 in the Indiana city, which is just across the Ohio River from
Louisville, to investigate reports of drug activity. Gunfire broke
out in a motel room after they arrived, with Broady shot in the
chest in an area not protected by his bulletproof vest, and Lawhorn
shot in the leg, Hollis said.
He said at least seven shots were fired at the officers and that
Broady fired twice in return.
Drugs and two pipe bombs were later found in the motel room,
police said, and the explosives were safely detonated there.
The weapon in the shooting has not been recovered. Hollis said
police found a box for a .45 handgun, the same caliber fired at the
officers, and ammunition for several styles of rifles and shotguns
in Bieber's apartment.
Both officers who were shot underwent surgery at a Louisville
hospital.
Jeffersonville Mayor Tom Galligan, who was among nearly 100
people who visited the hospital late Thursday and early Friday,
said he expected the officers to recover.
"They've still got a hill to climb," he said. "They're tough
young men and they'll be fine."
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