Law enforcement searches for burglary suspect

FREETOWN, Ind.–Officers were dispatched to a Freetown address in Jackson County Monday morning regarding a possible burglary. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department says that the homeowner, while watching security camera footage on his phone, thought he had viewed two men break into his garage.

When deputies arrived, they heard a loud noise coming from the garage and went inside. They say they found a man hiding in the rafters who threatened to shoot them and himself unless they backed off. Once outside, they say they also noticed a man flee into the woods. Other law enforcement personnel tried to chase the suspect down, but lost him.

Deputies tried to coax the man outside of the garage, but the suspect refused and then stopped communicating with them. As an Indiana State Police SWAT team was about to enter the structure, negotiators made contact once again and successfully convinced the man to exit the garage voluntarily.

As he was being arrested, the suspect apparently gave officers a false name, which they discovered as they were processing his information. He was eventually identified as Travis Mitchell, 30, of Columbus. He was transported to Jackson County Jail charged with burglary, intimidation, criminal trespass, resisting law enforcement, false informing, and a previous Bartholomew County warrant.

Authorities believe the man still at large is Nathan Shepherd, 31, of Columbus. Shepherd is wanted for burglary, intimidation, resisting law enforcement, and criminal trespass. Shepherd is described as a white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with brown hair and beard. He last was seen wearing camouflaged pants, and a camouflaged jacket.

Anyone with information on Shepherd’s location should contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department at 812-358-2141.

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