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August 17, 2013

Four-hour standoff ends with arrest

ELKHART — Tragedy was averted after a standoff, that involved the suspect starting small fires in his home, ended without incident.

The four-hour standoff at the residence of 59163 Melrose Place in Green Valley Subdivision ended peacefully about 6 p.m. Friday.

Capt. Jim Bradberry of Elkhart County police said Richard Doerscher Jr., 36, was arrested on charges of resisting arrest and domestic battery.

The ordeal began when a 911 call was made at 1:56 p.m. about a domestic dispute at the residence. Bradberry said the 911 call was a little bit different from a typical domestic dispute that warranted the police to respond. Doerscher battered his 35-year-old girlfriend in the presence of the couple’s 2-year-old child. The girlfriend received minor injuries from the incident.

Police said the girlfriend and the child were able to leave the house safely after police arrived and before Doerscher barricaded himself within the house.

“He was not willing to come out,” Bradberry said.

An ambulance and tactical units were on standby during the ordeal.

During the standoff with police, Doerscher had set small fires inside the home that were contained by Concord Township firefighters who were at the scene.

Doerscher was transported to the Elkhart County jail.

The police had set a perimeter around the residence and the neighborhood to ensure the safety of the everyone involved, Bradberry said.

School officials had ordered a lock down in the Concord Community Schools Corporation police said.

Dave Christensen lives in the 24000 block of Aric Way in the subdivision.

“This is a quiet neighborhood. I’ve lived here 35 years and never had anything like this happen. Hopefully everything turns out,” Christensen said, earlier in the afternoon while watching the proceedings take place in his neighborhood.

“I came out about 2 p.m. to get the mail and saw two police cars and then more and more. I knew something was going on. I saw a couple SWAT guys walk down between the houses,” Christensen said. “This is tragic. It makes you stop and appreciate your spouse and be glad you’re not in a relationship like that. Life is too short for something like that.”

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