Terre Haute police about noon Tuesday arrested a Clay County Jail escapee after a standoff at a home in the 2600 block of South Eighth Street.

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Tribune-Star/Austen Leake Valley wide effort: Clay County Sheriff Paul Harden talks to officers while Terre Haute Chief of Police Shawn Keen looks on during a standoff with Shannon Jeffers, who escaped from Union Hospital while in Clay County custody on Tuesday.

Arrested was Shannon Jeffers, 40, of West Terre Haute, whom police said had a firearm.

No injuries were reported.

Jeffers early this morning was in a holding cell in Clay County Jail and found to have cuts to his arm, according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Department.

He was taken to Union Hospital in Terre Haute. At the hospital, he assaulted a correctional officer and was able to escape. The Terre Haute standoff then followed.

Terre Haute Police Department Chief Shawn Keen said the department’s special response team was called in after Jeffers said he had a weapon and because he was an escapee facing numerous felony charges.

The SRT team surrounded the home and deployed pyrotechnics in an effort to pull Jeffers from the residence. About noon, Jeffers surrendered without further incident.

standoff scene

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The scene near Eighth Street and Spang Avenue in Terre Haute, where police arrested Clay County Jail escapee Shannon Jeffers, 40, of West Terre Haute.

Keen said the Vigo County Prosecutor’s Office would review the case to determine charges.

Jeffers was handed over to Clay County Sheriff Paul Harden and other Clay County deputies for transport back to the Clay County Justice Center.

Jeffers on Dec. 3 and 4 was in a 26-hour standoff with several police agencies at the Best Western Plus hotel south of Brazil at Indiana 59 and Interstate 70.

In that incident, he allegedly fired shots through the door at officers who were attempting to serve a Vigo County arrest warrant for a probation violation on original charges of possession of methamphetamine and a felon in possession of a firearm.

Ultimately, no one was hurt in that incident and Jeffers was jailed on several new felony charges, including attempted murder.


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