find body of gunman after six hour stand-off
murder/suicide leaves two dead
Wanda English Burnett, Editor
The exact details of why an Aurora man
killed another and then himself in Sunman Monday night, July 7
are under investigation by a number of agencies.
Police responded to a 911 call Monday about 7:00 p.m. when the
Dearborn County sheriffs dispatch took the call that a shooting
had occurred in a trailer court at 11600 North Hogan Road near
Aurora. True to the call, officers found Brian Lacey, 30, of Aurora,
dead of an apparent gunshot wound when they arrived at the mobile
Half an hour later at 7:30 p.m., a 911 call came in to Ripley
County Communications Center from 127 S Meridian Street in Sunman.
The caller, a man, told dispatchers that he had just shot Lacey.
Officers from the Ripley County Sheriffs Department, Sunman
Police Department, Indiana State Police and Dearborn County Sheriffs
Department immediately responded to the Sunman apartment the call
had come from.
The area was secured and a perimeter set up with the Indiana State
Police Emergency Response Team called. The stand-off lasted until
about 1:34 a.m. when members of the ISP Emergency Response Team
entered the apartment to find Holland dead of an apparent self-inflicted
gunshot wound. It was not certain at press time when Holland actually
died, but some officers at the scene said they didnt hear
There were several bystanders at the scene, according to Sunman
Town Marshal Bill Dramann. While he was disturbed that people
would bring their children to watch, he understands the nature
of human curiosity. I just think bringing children is wrong,
he told The Versailles Republican.
The investigation is being led by the Dearborn County Special
Crimes Unit, assisted by the Indiana State Police, Dearborn County
Prosecutors Office, Dearborn County Coroners Office,
Ripley County Sheriffs Office, Sunman and Milan police departments,
and the Ripley County Coroners Office.
It was a collective effort of many agencies, noted
Sheriff Tom Grills, after the stand-off came to an end in the
early morning hours on Tuesday, July 8.