By Mike Fletcher
For the Pharos-Tribune
---- — BUNKER HILL — Miami County officials and state police are trying to figure out why a Kokomo man held police at bay for six hours at Grissom Aeroplex late Thursday and early Friday.
The Miami County Sheriff Department were called to the base at about 8 p.m. Thursday on a report of a suspicious man carrying a suitcase and kneeling in prayer in the middle of Hoosier Boulevard. Hoosier Boulevard is located in the Aeroplex adjacent to the Grissom Air Reserve Base.
Miami County Sheriff Tim Miller reported that George J. Doss, 47, refused to obey police commands when Miami County sheriff deputies arrived. Miller said Doss made rambling statements including telling police they were in a code red zone.
Doss refused to give police his name and disobeyed police commands setting the stage for the six-hour standoff that ended just before 2:30 a.m. Friday.
As a precaution, sheriff deputies set a perimeter and called in the Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team and negotiators after Doss continued to ignore police orders, Miller said.
Eventually police brought in a robotic device to move the suitcase to a safe location, away from Doss. Then at 2:20 a.m., the state police emergency response team used a “distraction device and non-lethal force” to close in and take Doss into custody, Miller reported.
After examination of the suitcase, no weapons or explosives were found inside.
Doss was transported by ambulance to Dukes Memorial Hospital in Peru for a medical evaluation.
On Friday morning, Doss was transported to Community Howard Regional Health Systems for a court-ordered mental evaluation, Miller said.
Consideration of charges for disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement will be presented to the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office.
This is not first time Doss has had a run-in with police.
In January 2007, Kokomo police arrested Doss after police say he sexually battered a 56-year-old handicapped woman and forced his way into her apartment, according to police records.
Doss, who is a registered sex offender, was later found and arrested after he struggled with police at Meijer and chased customers with a pipe, Kokomo police reported in 2007.
The victim was not seriously injured in that attack.
Doss faced charges of Class B felony burglary, D felony sexual battery and a misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.
While in jail on that charge, Doss was transported to a local hospital for a mental evaluation. After filing a motion for defense of mental disease in March, Doss was evaluated by two physicians.
Months later, then-Howard County Prosecutor James Fleming dismissed the case. Court records did not state why the case was dismissed and Fleming could not be reached for comment.