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Gary, Indiana, man in police standoff slipped away, went shopping

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – A western Indiana shooting suspect involved in a two-day standoff slipped unnoticed from a house surrounded by police and went shopping for a tactical team fatally shot him, authorities said Tuesday.

Michael R. Reynolds, 36, went to a Terre Haute Walmart around 3:30 pm on March 6, and bought a mobile phone and other items that are not ammunition, Terre Haute Police Chief John Plasse said. Officers learned about the trip after Walmart employees tipped them off.

Authorities previously said Reynolds was suspected of the killing of Amanda todd Kerns, 40, after a “domestic situation.”

A resident lives next to the house where the conflict began nearly 12 hours earlier, and saw Reynolds run away but did not tell the authorities after a state police tactical team fatally shot Reynolds on a second home about three blocks away, the head of the police said.

Plasse said the police learned Reynolds was in the second house around 9:30, Reynolds was wearing a bulletproof vest when officers shot him about three hours later, after he made threatening gestures in the direction of the officers.

The chief said that his department is taking steps to check or an escape from a deadlock never happens again.

“We have to be better than this,” Plasse said. “If I must be personal and make sure that every window is covered, I will do that.”

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Information from: Tribune-Star, http://www.tribstar.com

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