Gunman Killed After Hostage Standoff

Police have identified the gunman in Monday's hostage situation as Richard North of Bloomington.

7:00 Update

Captain Joe Qualters of the Bloomington Police Department has issued a statement about the incident.

Qualters identifies the suspect in this afternoon’s hostage standoff as 50-year-old Richard North of Bloomington. At about 1:25 p.m., Qualters says, a 911 call reported a male holding a gun to the head of a female while walking south from the 1300 block of South Rogers Street. After a standoff in which North was reported to have pointed the gun at himself, at the hostage, and at officers, a police sniper from the Critical Incident Response Team fired a single shot at North, who dropped immediately. North was transported to IU Health-Bloomington, where he was pronounced dead. The female hostage, whom Qualters did not identify, was taken to the Bloomington Police Department, where investigators interviewed here before her release.

Qualters says the Detective Division will continue to investigate the incident and, because an officer was involved in the shooting, an administrative internal investigation will take place.

4:21 Update

Residents in some parts of Bloomington were asked to stay inside with their doors locked and a number of businesses were on lockdown because of a gunman in the area who had a hostage.

It all started around 2 o’clock when police responded to a report of a hostage situation in the area of South Rogers and Rockport near John’s Food Mart and gas station. Police say an armed person was on foot and holding a gun to a hostage’s head.

Sweet Grass General Manager Ryan Andrews stood outside and watched as police barricaded the area near his restaurant.

“So far we tried to walk down there, and we got about 150 yards away and the officer came at us and told us to turn around and walk in the other direction so we followed his commands,” said Andrews.

More than a dozen police cars, including a SWAT van, were on the scene along with Mayor Mark Kruzan who was helping direct traffic.

An ambulance took one person to Bloomington Hospital. Reports are that person was the hostage.

A police spokesperson says a member of the Critical Incident Response Team shot and killed the gunman. That person’s name has not been released.

3:00 Update

Reports are shots were fired in the area. Police aren’t confirming who was shot or the degree of the person’s injuries.

2:50 Update

Bloomington police say a hostage situation in the area of South Rogers Street is now under control but several streets remain closed. A person was armed with a gun walking through the area of Rogers and Rockport. A number of police cars are on the scene as is Mayor Mark Kruzan.

2:20 Update

The Bloomington Police Department is currently working an incident in the area of Rogers Street and Rockport Road. A person is on foot armed with a gun. If you are within a five-block radius of Rogers and Rockport, the Police Department advises you to lock your doors and windows and stay inside until further notice. The area is near John’s Food Mart and gas station at 2002 South Rogers. They also advise not to drive in the area, as the area around from W Patterson Drive to Country Club Lane on Rogers Street is currently closed.

WFIU’s Claire Murphy contributed to this report.

Sara Wittmeyer

Sara Wittmeyer is the News Bureau Chief for WFIU and WTIU. Sara has more than a decade of experience as a news reporter and previously served with KBIA at the University of Missouri, WNKU at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY, and at WCPO News in Cincinnati.

View all posts by this author »

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

Search News

Stay Connected

RSS e-mail itunes Facebook Twitter Flickr YouTube

Follow us on Twitter

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Recent Stories

Recent Videos

Find Us on Facebook