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Autopsy shows suicide brought SWAT situation to end in Spiceland

An autopsy was performed Thursday in New Castle to determine the cause of death for Leslie Odier of Spiceland.  


Henry County Coroner Stephen Hacker has authorized the Indiana State Police to release the preliminary autopsy results, which determined Leslie Odier died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  


The original release from last evening is listed below.


Indiana State Police Investigating Police Action Shooting

Henry County – Wednesday evening (11/06) around 7 p.m. Henry County Deputies responded to a home in the 2200 block of CR 700 South, just east of the town of Spiceland, for a domestic situation between an elderly male and his wife. As deputies arrived an elderly male armed with handguns exited the home, fired shots then went back inside. The man’s wife was able to leave the home prior to officers arriving.


Henry County SWAT arrived at the home to assist deputies.  At some point the male exited the home again pointing and firing a handgun at deputies, who returned fire.  The man fled back into the home and a short time later officers heard a single gunshot inside the home.


Indiana State Police SWAT and Negotiators were sent to the scene.  After numerous failed attempts to contact the man, Indiana State Police SWAT made entry into the home around 11:00 p.m. and found the man, Leslie Odier, 77, deceased. At that time the Henry County Sheriff’s Department asked the Indiana State Police Pendleton District to take over the investigation.