Hostage Crisis in the ‘Ville

Filed in PersonalTags: Indiana, Shelbyville

Lots of excitement in the hometown this week:

After a standoff lasting nearly 20 hours, a hostage situation was brought to a sudden conclusion at Bigfoot Food Store, 2905 E. State Road 44...

The lengthy episode began at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday when [Dennis ] McAninch became involved in a high-speed chase with police officers that began in Batesville.

McAninch crashed his car at the intersection of Interstate 74 and State Road 44, fired shots at officers who were pursuing him, then entered the Bigfoot Food Store and gas station and took the hostage.

Can't tell you how many times I got gas and drinks at that Bigfoot growing up. (And I've always thought of that rock out front as somewhat of a landmark; it's rather an oddity - and potentially saved a teenager's life that morning.)

Some follow-up on the story: the hostage-taker's death is being ruled a suicide, and the hostage talks about her ordeal.

Indy Star coverage here, here, here, here, here, here, and here