PRINCETON — After a day of police searching for him in the air and on the ground north within Princeton and north of town, a Princeton man turned himself Monday evening at the Bureau County Jail.
Bureau County Sheriff John Thompson said at about 6:30 p.m. Eugene "Geno" Storm turned himself in at the Bureau County Jail, and has been charged with domestic battery, with additional charges pending.
Local authorities in the air and on the ground were continuing their searching at 3:30 p.m. Monday for what authorities had described as a "suicidal" Princeton man armed with a shotgun believed to be roaming near City-County Park north of Princeton.
However, the man for whom the police had been searching turned himself in at the Bureau County Jail on Monday evening and requested an attorney.
Princeton police chief Tom Root said that the man had been involved in a domestic dispute with his wife Monday morning. Police said the man told his wife that he was going to kill himself or any police officer that might try to find him. The man left the residence in his vehicle, which police later found abandoned near Elm Lawn Cemetery in Princeton.
Root said the man was transported by a friend to City County Park. Police immediately set up a base just outside the entrance of the park. Police officers and SRT were sent out to search the wooded area just west of the park. Route 26 remained open during this time.
Due to the situation, around 11 a.m. all Princeton elementary schools and the high school were placed on “perimeter lockdown,” which prevented children from leaving the school, according to the school office. PES superintendent Tim Smith said they were requested by police to be placed on lockdown. He confirmed that the schools were advised by police to dismiss on time.
Aerial surveillance, Bureau County Sheriff’s Office, Princeton Police Department, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, SRT, and fire and ambulance personnel were all on scene still on scene around 3:30 p.m.
Root said Police planned to continue the search until dark. If the man was not found, they planned to continue the search first thing in the morning.