DATE: April 13, 2023
SUBJECT: Wanted Suspect Killed after Shooting at Sheriff’s Deputies
RELEASE NUMBER: 2023-NR-0413
CONTACT: Sheriff Noah Robinson
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Noah Robinson
A western Vanderburgh County man was killed yesterday after firing on sheriff’s deputies trying to arrest him
On Thursday, April 11, 2023 the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office received a tip concerning a video depicting a man shooting at a female. The tip was directed to the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Section (CIS), which began an investigation. The tipster was contacted and a copy of the video was obtained. The video showed a male, later identified as Steven Howard Goldstein, seated in a chair outside. He and a female appear to be arguing with each other. Goldstein stands and pulls out a handgun from behind his back. He points the gun towards the female and fires one round, after which the video abruptly ends. The investigation revealed that a juvenile was also present during the incident.
Further investigation led to identifying not only Goldstein, but also the location where the incident occurred. On Friday, detectives began preparing a search warrant for the residence, a mobile home located at 7303 N St. Joseph Rd. The warrant was for evidence relating to the crimes of Criminal Recklessness with a Deadly Weapon, Possession of a Weapon or Instrument of Violence by a Serious Violent Felon, and Neglect of a Dependent. Goldstein was also subject to an active parole violation warrant stemming from recent methamphetamine related charges in Posey County. Detectives were told that Goldstein would not surrender peacefully and had made statements that he would shoot law enforcement if any attempt to arrest him was made.
Due to Goldstein’s statements and past criminal history, detectives decided to utilize the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force and the Sheriff’s Office Armored Rescue Vehicles (ARV) to make the arrest. An operations plan was formulated and law enforcement met at a secondary location near the St. Joseph Rd location. Drones were deployed and maintained constant surveillance on the residence during the incident.
Shortly after 2:00pm, USMS Task Force members and deputies deployed to the mobile home to effect the arrest and serve the search warrant. Upon arrival, a male resident of the mobile home surrendered and was detained. He advised that Goldstein was inside and was armed with a pistol. The ARV was utilized to approach the residence and Goldstein was ordered to surrender dozens over a loud speaker. During the standoff, Goldstein fired several shots from inside the mobile home. Gas irritants were introduced into the mobile home to no effect. The ARV was utilized to begin pulling down the walls of the mobile home in an effort to expose Goldstein. During this process Goldstein fired a shot directly at deputies in and around the ARV, which prompted a deputy to return fire. Not long after, the deputy in the turret gave multiple commands for Goldstein to drop his weapon. striking Goldstein.
An arrest team was able to take Goldstein into custody and removed him from the mobile home. EMS began life-saving efforts which proved unsuccessful. The Vanderburgh County Coroner took possession of the body and the Indiana State Police were called to investigate the shooting.
Steven Howard Goldstein, 48, of Evansville