A New Castle man was shot and killed during a standoff with police


NEW CASTLE, Ind. — A 59-year-old New Castle man was shot and killed late Monday during a standoff with police.

Donald Guffey Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene, in the 200 block of North 29th Street.

According to Indiana State Police — which is investigating the death — New Castle police were called to a report of a shooting at that location around 10:20 p.m., “and they established a perimeter around the residence and attempted to communicate with the individuals inside.”

A call was made and two people inside the house were persuaded to come out.

However, Joffe “barricaded himself inside the home and refused to respond to any further communications attempted by police,” according to a statement from the ISP.

The New Castle-Henry County SWAT team was called to the scene and continued efforts to coax Guffey out.

According to the statement, Joffe “approached the front window of the residence with a firearm and engaged with officers,” while two SWAT team members fired their rifles.

Joffe was hit by at least one bullet. Resuscitation efforts were made, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation into the ISP is ongoing. Once the case is completed, it will be turned over to Henry County Prosecutor Michael Mahoney.

Douglas Walker is a news reporter at The Star Press. Contact him at 765-213-5851 or dwalker@muncie.gannett.com.

This article originally appeared on the Muncie Star Press: A New Castle man was shot and killed during a standoff with a SWAT team

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