Barricaded man dies of apparent self-inflicted gunshot

Authorities on the scene of the barricade incident Tuesday. Photo provided.

A barricaded man in Orange County allegedly killed himself Tuesday after a nearly 24-hour standoff with police.

The incident began Monday at about 6 p.m. when the Orange County Sheriff’s Department received a call from Destiny Mitchell the homeowner of 10090 West County Road 160 North, West Baden Springs. She told police she believed Angel L. Pagan, 34 of French Lick could potentially be in her home. She had earlier reported to police that Pagan had threatened to kill her as the result of a domestic dispute and was afraid to return home by herself with her two-year-old child.

Officers were also aware of an unrelated misdemeanor warrant for resisting law enforcement that had been issued for Pagan’s arrest.

As a result of the homeowner’s concern, members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and West Baden Springs Police Department responded to the residence and entered the home with a key provided by the homeowner. When they entered the home, the officers discovered Pagan was in the home. The officers asked Pagan to surrender himself and he immediately displayed a handgun and retreated into a bedroom and locked the door. The officers did not immediately confront Pagan, opting to leave the home and establish a perimeter and summon additional assistance.

Within an hour additional members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and members of the Indiana State Police, inclusive of SWAT team members and state police Hostage Crisis Negotiators arrived at the scene and spoke with Pagan through the evening and early morning hours trying to encourage Pagan to peacefully surrender, police said.

As the morning of Nov. 6th drew near, Springs Valley School officials were notified to arrange for an alternate school bus route to assure safe transportation of school-age children that lived within the area.

Negotiations continued through the day and into the afternoon. Police said Pagan made efforts to obstruct the view into the home by placing a mattress in front of a window. Despite this, the Orange County Sheriff, Josh Babcock, offered to move to a place of personal jeopardy to speak with Pagan and implore him to surrender.

When it became apparent Sheriff Babcock was not going to be successful in convincing Pagan to surrender, members of the state police SWAT team removed a door from the opposite side of the home from where Pagan was located. If it was necessary to enter the home, it would make entry tactically safer for law enforcement, according to police. However, police said as they were removing the door, Pagan retreated back into the house and one gunshot was heard from within the home.

Troopers then quickly entered the home where Pagan was discovered incapacitated with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head. Officers at the scene began rendering first-aid to Pagan as an ambulance that was already near the scene as a safety precaution responded as well.

Paramedics from the ambulance, along with a state police officer, and medical personnel from an Air Evacuation helicopter that had been summoned to the scene worked for more than 30 minutes to try and stabilize Pagan while he was in the ambulance. Despite everyone’s efforts, Pagan was pronounced deceased in the ambulance, police said.

Orange County Coroner Aaron Kemple arrived at the scene and preliminarily ruled Pagan’s death as a self-inflicted single gunshot wound to the head. An autopsy for Pagan has been scheduled for Nov. 7th.

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