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Inmate says armed man outside courthouse told her he was 'ready to kill everybody he saw'

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Morgan Cash Morgan Cash
Police were surrounding a man in a black pick up truck parked on the west side of the Clark County government building. Witnesses say he was pointing a loaded shotgun out of his window. Police were surrounding a man in a black pick up truck parked on the west side of the Clark County government building. Witnesses say he was pointing a loaded shotgun out of his window.
Henry Campbell Henry Campbell
Brad Jacobs Brad Jacobs
Melissa Peveler Melissa Peveler

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) – He's accused of pointing a shotgun at the government building in Jeffersonville, but it is still unclear why.

Henry Campbell, 63, was read his formal charges on Thursday. His attorney says he doesn't remember anything. 

Morgan Cash was released from jail Tuesday night. She was behind bars when a lockdown prompted all inmates and staff to move into secured cells. 

"They didn't really tell us anything, but we knew what it was because word gets around in there pretty quick so we knew what was going on," said Cash. 

Police were surrounding a man in a black pick up truck parked on the west side of the Clark County government building. Witnesses say he was pointing a loaded shotgun out of his window.

In less than a hour, Campbell surrendered peacefully and was taken into custody. Detectives say they found extra ammunition in his pockets. 

Campbell claims he doesn't know what happened. "He can't explain how he got to the Clark County Courthouse, he remembers leaving the house and he doesn't remember anything until the police were pulling him out of the vehicle," said Brad Jacobs, Campbell's attorney. 

Cash says she talked to Campbell and was shocked with what he had to say. She says she passed him while she was on her way out and he was on his way in.

"I said what's wrong with you and he said that he was just ready to kill everybody he saw and he didn't care if it was women, children, or kids, anybody," said Cash. 

Cash says at the time, Campbell was surrounded by multiple officers. She says she didn't get to talk to him for long.

"He said it was his first rodeo, that's kind of slang for your first time being in jail," said Cash. 

Campbell has no criminal history. His family says he was diagnosed with dementia back in 2005. They believe there must be some medical explanation and they don't believe he is capable of any crimes. 

"I love my daddy, and I believe in my daddy and he would never do anything to hurt anybody and I just want everybody to know that," said Melissa Peveler, Campbell's daughter. 

Prosecutors say they don't have any information about what Cash says she heard from Campbell. Cash was locked up for a misdemeanor and served 24 hours behind bars. 

Campbell will soon undergo a mental evaluation. 

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