SPICELAND — A 77-year-old Henry County man was found dead in his home late Wednesday night about four hours after he began exchanging gunfire with Henry County sheriff’s deputies.
Deputies went to the home of Leslie Odier, just east of Spiceland, about 7 p.m. after receiving a report of a domestic dispute. The man’s wife was able to leave the house in the 2200 block of Henry County Road 700 South before officers arrived, according to a press release from the Indiana State Police Pendleton District.
As deputies arrived, Odier came out of the house and fired shots from handguns, police said.
After Henry County SWAT arrived to assist deputies, Odier came outside again, pointing and firing a handgun at deputies, who returned fire, police said. The man then fled back into the home. A short time later, officers heard a single gunshot inside the home, according to the release.
Indiana State Police SWAT and negotiators were sent to the scene. After failed attempts to contact Odier, state police entered the home about 11 p.m. and found Odier deceased, according to the release.
An autopsy was performed Thursday in New Castle to determine the cause of death for Odier. State police Sgt. John Bowling said preliminary autopsy results by Henry County Coroner Stephen Hacker determined that Odier died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.