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Man surrenders after holding police at bay for several hours

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 9:39 pm

A man surrendered early Sunday morning to Fort Wayne Police after holding them at bay in an apartment.

At 5:16 a.m. police were called to an apartment in Orchard Place Apartments in the 900 block of East Cook Road in reference to someone breaking out the windows of his apartment, according to Officer Jason Anthony, police department spokesman. Responding officers heard what sounded like gunshots being fired from inside the apartment and believed someone was shooting out of one of the broken windows. Dispatch spoke with the 49-year-old man on the telephone, who said he was having suicidal thoughts, according to a news release from Anthony. After repeated requests, the man refused to leave his apartment and speak with officers. At around 5:49 a.m., the Emergency Services Team (EST) and Crisis Response Team (CRT) were called to assist.

A CRT negotiator talked with the man by telephone for several hours, attempting to encourage the man to leave the apartment. The subject finally agreed to a surrender plan and agreed to voluntarily exit the apartment. Several residents of neighboring apartments were evacuated. At around 8:30 a.m., the man came out of the apartment. He complied with verbal commands from EST members and was detained without incident. He was uninjured. The Emergency Services Team cleared the interior of the apartment and did not find anyone inside.

The man was taken to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation. It has not been determined if any firearms were found inside the apartment.

This incident remains under investigation by the police department.