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Six-hour standoff ends peacefully

A six-hour standoff ended without incident last Wednesday afternoon near Elizabeth.
Martin (Marty) Langsdon, 45, surrendered to police at approximately 12:13 p.m. and was arrested at his residence in the 8900 block of Keen Hill Road on a charge of criminal recklessness. He was incarcerated in the Harrison County Jail in Corydon, where he remained yesterday (Tuesday).
According to police reports, at approximately 6:15 a.m., Harrison County deputies responded to the residence in rural Harrison County on a domestic call. As they arrived, a female came out to the officers but a male subject, later identified as Langsdon, would not come out of his home.
After numerous attempts to contact him failed and information was gathered that there may have been numerous weapons inside the home (some had possibly been fired during the night), Harrison County officers contacted the Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team for assistance.
‘We took into consideration that (Langsdon) may have had a sizable cache of weapons inside the home, so that’s when we surrounded the residence and decided to wait him out,’ said Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry Goodin.
A perimeter was set up around the home, and when ERT members arrived, law enforcement again tried to contact Langsdon. He still did not respond to their calls, Goodin said.
A mobile phone was placed inside the home by a robot, and when Langsdon saw the phone, he exited the house without further incident.
Langsdon’s only other brushes with the law came in July 2006 when he was charged with driving with a suspended license and in January of this year when he was booked on a charge of domestic violence battery. Both of those cases are scheduled to go before a judge in October.