Police work to negotiate with a Stilesville man, who took his estranged wife hostage in a camper.
A Stilesville man died as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head Friday night after a seven-and-a-half hour standoff with police.
Dennis Dean, 46, barricaded himself and his estranged wife in a camper near the intersection of S.R. 40 and C.R. 725W just after 3 p.m., Putnam County Sheriff Steve Fenwick said.
"We negotiated his wife out about 10:30 p.m., and then he shot himself," Fenwick said.
This house was the scene of a hostage situation Friday when a Stilesville man took his estranged wife hostage, but let her go just before taking his own life.
According to information at the Indiana Department of Corrections Web site, Dean was released from the Plainfield Correctional facility on Wednesday. On March 8, 2001, Dean was sentenced to a 10-year suspended sentence for Class B felony sexual misconduct with a minor.
On Feb. 11, 2008, he was charged with violating his probation for not registering as a sex offender. Two years and nine months of his sentence was reinstated at that time.
An eyewitness at the standoff said the incident arose from an argument between Dean and his estranged wife over custody and visitation issues.