ANDERSON, Ind. —
“Anytime there is a highly volatile situation we are going to look at the situation,” said Crenshaw. “We want to make sure we are following the best practices. We are looking at the situation to see where we can improve on things.”
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.
“I knew something was wrong when I saw the officer throw down his jacket in apparent disgust,” Harvey said.
Karen Garland, another neighbor, watched the standoff from a bedroom window. She said Garrett was called and walked up to the building at Hancher’s request.
According to the witnesses, Garrett was wearing street clothing and was able to approach Hancher in the doorway of his apartment.
Hancher asked for Garrett
In a jail room interview Wednesday with The Herald Bulletin, Hancher said he asked for Garrett because the two men had gone to school together since the second grade.
“That day I asked for him because I know Joe wouldn’t harm me,” Hancher said.
Hancher, who said he suffers from mental illness after serving in the military, has a prior criminal record.
Wednesday, he said the two men were childhood friends and Garrett had also served in the military. He said he knew he could trust a fellow brother-in-arms.
“Joe actually saved my life,” Hancher said. “He asked me to come outside and talk to him on the porch. That’s when I set the gun down, if I remember that right, and walked out to the porch and the last thing I know, he grabbed me or hugged me or hugged me or something and I got tackled by a SWAT team or somebody tackled me.”