Man armed outside courthouse to undergo psych evaluation
Henry Campbell following his initial court appearance on Oct. 3
The scene on Oct. 1 as police surround Campbell's pickup truck.
JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - The man accused of pointing a 12-gauge shotgun at the Clark County Courthouse prompting a lock down Tuesday afternoon will undergo a mental evaluation.
A judge ordered a psychiatric evaluation for Henry Campbell, 63, at a pre-trial hearing on Thursday.
Prosecutor Linda Lamping said Campbell underwent an evaluation on Wednesday, but the judge ordered a second psych evaluation to make sure he is competent enough to even understand the charges he is facing - pointing a firearm, intimidation and criminal recklessness.
Campbell's family members said he was diagnosed with dementia in 2005 and believe there must be a medical explanation.
"My dad is the first one to help somebody that needs help and you can call him day, night, evening, whatever and he's going to get up and help you," said Campbell's daughter Melissa Peveler. She said Campbell does not have a criminal history, except for a ticket speeding and fishing without a license.
"I love my daddy, and I believe in my daddy," she said.
Police said Campbell sat in his truck with a shotgun pointed at the county building. Police also said Campbell's pockets were full of ammunition.
Attorney Brad Jacobs, who is representing Campbell, was in the building when it was placed on lock down. Jacobs said he hopes the results of the test will help explain his client's behavior.
"He can't explain how he got to the Clark County Courthouse," said Jacobs of his client, "He remembers leaving the house and he doesn't remember anything until the police were pulling him out of the vehicle."
Jacobs said the whole experience has left Campbell terrified.
Campbell is being held in the Clark County Jail on a $250,000 bond.
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