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Fort Wayne Police standoff ends peacefully

Monday, May 20, 2013 - 9:06 am

A man was taken into custody early this morning after a five-hour standoff with police.

At around 10:05 p.m. Sunday the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to a home in the 600 block of Stratton Road to a call of a man making suicide threats.

Police believed the man was intoxicated and had access to firearms inside the home, said FWPD spokesman Officer Jason Anthony. Responding officers were unable to contact the man, and the Emergency Services Team and Crisis Response Team were called.

A CRT negotiator initially established communication with the man but the latter stopped communicating and refused to respond to the negotiator’s repeated attempts to restore communication. To try to get the man to leave the home peacefully, EST members fired tear gas inside the house. The man didn’t emerge, so EST members entered the home and took him into custody at around 3:16 a.m. He was taken to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation.

Stratton Road was closed to all traffic during the five-hour standoff. During a search, firearms were discovered inside the home. This incident remains under investigation by the FWPD.