LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - SWAT teams and police are always hope for a peaceful ending, but that did not happen in a standoff with a bank robbery suspect on Saturday in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Tuesday, Jeffersonville Police released the conversations between officers and 48-year-old Robert Grattan, Jr.
It all began Saturday afternoon with a call to Clark County 911 from the Meijer store at 10th Street and Allison Lane in Jeffersonville.
A short time later and a couple miles away, police found Grattan on Springdale Drive in his pickup truck. Because he had a cell phone they were able to establish that important line of communication.
Grattan would not put his gun down as he explained how he lost his daughter in a custody battle and that she didn't want to see him anymore. Negotiators kept telling him to put the gun down, step out of the truck and everything would be fine.
Grattan wanted to grab another phone near his truck, but he wouldn't step out without his weapon.
Despite the attempts of two female officers to befriend, calm and assure Grattan with talk of family and safety, the conversation always came back to the SWAT team surrounding his truck.
4 ½ hours later, police say Grattan came out of his truck, pointing his loaded weapon at some of the officers. Grattan died from a single gunshot wound to the lower torso.
Police told WAVE 3 it appeared Grattan was living in his truck.