FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Fort Wayne police have a wanted man in custody after a standoff on Thompson Avenue Friday morning.
Officers initially attempted to serve a felony warrant around 2:30 a.m. for armed robbery. Police were looking for 24-year-old Larry Hayden Jr. at a home in the 2500 block of Thompson Avenue on the city’s south side.
Hayden refused to come out of the home when officers approached. FWPD spokesperson Officer John Chambers said he told police he was armed and suicidal.
Officers then surrounded the home and the department’s Crisis Response Team and Emergency Services Team worked to establish contact with Hayden in an attempt for a peaceful surrender. Chambers said negotiators were never able to establish contact via phone or loudspeaker outside the home.
Officers in heavy protective gear armed with long guns were seen approaching Thompson Ave. from a nearby command center.
Hayden refused to come out for several hours.
Around 6 a.m., officers launched tear gas into the home and Hayden crawled out a second floor window to get fresh air, according to Chambers. Officers then went into the home and waited for Hayden to come back inside.
A police lieutenant said the FWPD Gang Unit had worked to find Hayden earlier in the night before learning he was inside the home on Thompson Ave.
Chambers did not have immediate information if any weapons were found inside the home.
No injuries were reported.
Police blocked off several roads near the home during the standoff.
It’s unclear if Hayden will face any additional charges aside from the felony warrant for armed robbery.
The incident is under investigation.