ANDERSON, Ind. (The Herald Bulletin) – A veteran Anderson police officer has been disciplined in connection to a standoff where SWAT team members scuffled with one another.
The disciplinary action against Officer Joseph Garrett followed an internal investigation by the city’s police department into a standoff at the apartment of Kent Hancher on April 2. Garrett has served on the department for 29 years.
The disciplinary action was confirmed Wednesday by police officials to 24-Hour News 8’s partner The Herald Bulletin.
Details surrounding the internal investigation and subsequent punishment were not disclosed because the matter is a personnel issue, said Detective Joel Sandefur, a public information officer at the Anderson Police Department.
Garrett will have 48 hours to appeal action taken against him, Sandefur said. If Garrett chooses to appeal the decision by the police department, the matter will go before the city’s Board of Public Safety and become public information.
On Tuesday, Police Chief Larry Crenshaw said there was an internal investigation regarding a 90-minute police standoff with Hancher.
Witnesses say the incident began when Hancher, 56, discharged a shotgun into the air from his front doorway in the 300 block of West Sixth Street. When officers arrived, he allegedly pointed the firearm at them.
Neighbors who witnessed the standoff said it was like something they had only seen in the movies.
Katherine Harvey, who lives next door to Hancher, said she was about a block away from Hancher’s front porch when the police cars arrived and SWAT members swarmed the scene.