(Madison, IN) - Indiana State Police are now releasing the identity of the trooper who was shot during a standoff with an armed suspect in rural Jefferson County near Madison yesterday.
Master Trooper Joseph Livers (photo above), an 18 year veteran of the Indiana State Police, sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries to his lower left leg when Wade Roark (photo above), 59, allegedly opened fire on Trooper Livers. The trooper was on the scene as a member of the Indiana State Police SWAT Team. Police were initially called to the home in the 8000 Block of East State Road 56 after a 9-1-1 call was placed which indicated that Roark was firing a gun inside of the residence.
Police say that Roark was in the basement of the home when he shot through a hole in the wall. One round struck Trooper Livers who was then transported to King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. Later he was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he underwent surgery.
Police say Roark surrendered on the scene and was taken to the Jefferson County Jail. He was being held on charges of attempted murder, aggravated battery, battery, and criminal recklessness.
Roark is expected to make his initial appearance in Jefferson County Circuit Court early this week.
A police-provided photo of the scene is below.