Indian River: Man arrested for discharging shotgun at party guests
MRAP used to save trapped woman
During a party at his home, Joshua Plauche , became angry and retrieved a shotgun from inside of the residence. Plauche was intoxicated and has a history of violence. After threatening several party goers, he discharged the shotgun into the air as people fled the area. His wife, Hillary Plauche, fled into their home and hid, not knowing if she was safe. A perimeter was established around the residence. Deputies and those fleeing the area did not know the location of the suspect on this large property.
The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle was then deployed to the home to rescue the woman.
She was transported to safety and debriefed as deputies continued to look for the suspect. A short time later, Plauche walked out of the woods near a deputy on perimeter, where he was taken into custody. Plauche was then arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession or use of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol. He is currently being held at the Indian River County Jail without bond.
Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar stated, “A very dangerous criminal was taken off the streets last night due to the excellent work of our brave men and women in patrol. Because we were able to obtain the MRAP as surplus government equipment, we were able to safely evacuate Mrs. Plauche from the home without putting our deputies in harm’s way. We are grateful to our federal partners for continuing this program, as equipment like this saves lives.”