Man who defied police dies in hospital
A Depauw man who held police at bay for about eight hours last week died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Harry Glen Swaney, 58, died Wednesday, March 30, 2005, at University Hospital in Louisville, where he was taken March 28 by ambulance about 8:30 p.m. after members of the Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team entered Swaney’s residence in northern Harrison County and found him bleeding from a gunshot wound.
Harrison County Sheriff’s officers had gone to Swaney’s residence to serve papers after they were notified he had violated the terms of his probation. Swaney had been arrested Dec. 5 on charges of unlawful pointing of a firearm and battery.
When the officers attempted to serve the papers, Swaney told them they weren’t welcome on his property. The officers said they also heard the sound of a gun being cocked, so they left the property.
That’s when the decision was made to call in the ISP Emergency Response Team. Police entered the residence about 8:30 p.m. and found Swaney had apparently shot himself.
Swaney was a native of Jonesboro, Tenn., born July 9, 1946, the son of the late Joseph D. and Lois M. Ball Swaney.
He was a retired salesperson for Value City in Clarksville.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Paul F. Swaney.
Survivors include his wife, the former Linda M. Adams; two daughters, Abigail M. Sawyer of Clarksville and Delilah E. Curtsinger of Louisville; two sons, Daniel G. Swaney of Depauw and Michael G. Swaney of Floyds Knobs; three brothers, Joseph D. and Robert C. Swaney and Jerry A. Mabe, all of Norfolk, Va.; a sister, Marilyn K. VonGonten of Ramsey, and three grandchildren.
The funeral was Saturday at Swarens Funeral Home in Ramsey with burial in Mount Zion Cemetery in Depauw. Brother Rick Utz officiated.
Pallbearers were Bill Kidd, Jack Stickler, J.R. Hampton, Nathan Keith and John Adams.