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TC man jailed after standoff with police

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By Vince Luecke

TELL CITY - Police arrested an armed man Sunday who allegedly barricaded himself inside his 11th Street home with his wife and granddaughter for more than an hour before being subdued by officers.

Ronald A. Cook, 60, of 1118 11th St., Tell City, faces preliminary charges of neglect of a dependent, resisting law enforcement and criminal recklessness with a firearm. A charge of intimidation for allegedly threatening police is pending.

Roger Smith, a Tell City patrolman and part-time dispatcher who was dispatching at the time, said Cook's wife called to say Cook was armed and was preventing her and their 9-year-old granddaughter from leaving.

Smith relayed information to officers as the phone was passed to Cook. Several Tell City officers, sheriff's deputies and state police surrounded the home. A state police emergency-response team was put on alert at the Jasper post. After more than half an hour of discussion, Smith persuaded Cook to come out of the home, but once out on the front porch, he refused to surrender and ran back inside. Police said he did throw a shotgun he was carrying onto the ground.

Cook's wife told Smith her husband was getting another gun and while he was distracted, she and the child were able to flee.

After more time had elapsed, Cook again came out of the house. Officers ordered him to lie down and to keep his hands visible. He refused, officers said. County Sheriff's Deputy Richard Kratzer quickly fired a Taser, an electrical stun gun, at Cook, allowing him to be taken into custody.

Cook was lodged in the county jail.