March 29, 2013

Man in hospital after standoff

Nicholas Westerhoff fired shots from Fulton home.

by Caitlin Huston

FULTON — A 46-year-old Fulton man remains in the hospital after a standoff with police Wednesday night that left him injured and in serious condition.

Officers surrounded the home of Nicholas S. Westerhoff at 307 W. Brown St. in Fulton for about three hours Wednesday night after Westerhoff reportedly had fired shots due to a domestic situation. Westerhoff refused to communicate with police and was eventually injured as he came out of the house and fired his weapon while officers returned fire.

The Fulton County Prosecutor’s office said they’re preparing charges of criminal recklessness, a class D felony, and criminal confinement, a class B felony.

Sergeant Kim Riley, public information officer with the Indiana State Police, said it is still unknown whether Westerhoff injured himself or if he was struck by an officer’s bullet.

Riley said officers arrived at the house at 8:14 p.m. Wednesday after Westerhoff had fired shots outside his home at a female’s car and in the air. The woman fled the scene and was not injured.

After that point, Riley said officers tried to negotiate with Westerhoff, but were unsuccessful.

“We attempted several times to try to make communications with him and he refused to talk to us,” Riley said.  

Neighbors were asked to either stay in their homes, avoiding windows and doors, or were asked to leave, Riley said.

Westerhoff eventually came out of the house at 11:40 p.m. and began firing his gun, Riley said. Officers returned fire to make sure no civilians or officers were struck by bullets, he said.

Because of the poor light conditions, police are still unsure where Westerhoff’s wound came from.

“All you could see was the flash of the gun as he fired,” Riley said.  

The Indiana State Police, Fulton County Sheriff Department, the Fulton Town Marshal, the Kewanna Town Marshal, Rochester Police Department, Liberty Township Fire Department and the Fulton County EMS were on scene.

Caitlin Huston is a staff reporter of the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or

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