SCOTT COUNTY, IN (WAVE) - Indiana State Police are investigating two deaths in Scott County on Sunday morning.
Police responded to reports of someone shot in the 800 block of West Lake Road, in the Scott Villa Mobile Home Trailer Park in Scottsburg, around midnight.
Then, a second call came from Michale Brandon Jones, 29, shortly thereafter. Jones claimed he was the homeowner and he’d shot a man who was trying to come into his house.
That person was identified as Larry D. Marlowe, 34, of Scottsburg. He died at the scene.
But the story didn’t end there. Jones, the alleged homeowner, had locked himself in the trailer.
“The cops tried lots of different tactics to try to get him to come out," neighbor Patricia Keeton said. “But again I think he was just scared. I mean if you put yourself in that situation I don’t know if anybody would know what to do in that situation, you know.”
Neighbors told WAVE 3 News the standoff between Jones and police lasted about an hour.
When the ISP Emergency Response Team got a search warrant and went into the house, they found Jones dead of what police described as an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The news came as a shock to those who lived close-by.
“I couldn’t believe it when they told me,” neighbor Barbara Bowen said. “I said ‘no, I just talked to him.’ When I went down there this morning and I saw everything I said ‘oh my God it did happen.’"
Bowen told WAVE 3 News Jones was like a grandson to her.
“I knew him for over a year,” Bowen said. “He would do anything in the world for me because I am retired military and he stained my porch for me and helped me plant my flowers last Sunday.”
Other neighbors said the confrontation was over a girlfriend.
“I was told a lot of this was started over rumors trying to get the two to fight and this could have been avoided,” Keeton said.
Keeton recalled the moment Marlow showed up on the property.
“Mike told Larry to leave and Mike pulled out the gun to intimidate him a little," Keeton said.
Keeton claims there was a struggle and two shots, one hitting and killing Marlow.
“Larry was laid out on the ground and Mike had himself locked in his trailer and was scared to come out. He was just confused and scared,” Keeton said.
Both neighbors said they were aware of Jones’ troubled past but believe he was working to redeem himself.
“He got a job, he got his own place, he was trying to settle down, he was a dad for Christ’s sakes! He was trying to be a better person,” Keeton said.
The investigation is ongoing.