CRIME & SAFETY
Courtesy of Raquel Foster, Public Information Officer, City of Fort Wayne Police Department
FORT WAYNE—At approximately 10:05 p.m., May 19, the City of Fort Wayne Police Department responded to a home in the 600 block of Stratton Road in reference to a male subject making suicide threats. Preliminary information indicated the subject was intoxicated and had access to firearms inside the home. Responding officers arrived on scene and were unable to make contact with the male subject. The Emergency Services Team (EST) and Crisis Response Team (CRT) were called to assist in the investigation.
A CRT negotiator established communication with the subject and spoke with him briefly. The subject stopped communicating and refused to respond to the negotiators repeated attempts to restore communication. In an attempt to motivate the subject to exit the home peacefully, EST members deployed a chemical agent (tear gas) into the home. The subject failed to comply and refused to exit the home. EST members entered the home and took the subject into custody at approximately 3:16 a.m. The subject was transported to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation.
Stratton Road was closed to all traffic during the five-hour standoff. During a subsequent search, firearms were discovered inside the home. This incident remains under investigation by the City of Fort Wayne Police Department.
This article originally appeared in the May 29 print edition.