2-hour police standoff on High Street ends peacefully

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A police standoff on High Street ended peacefully around 2:45 a.m. Friday.

A man called 911 around 12:30 and said he wanted to hurt himself. He told dispatchers if any police officers attempted to stop him he would harm them as well.

City police spokesman Officer Michael Joyner said officers arrived at the man’s apartment home at 1305 High Street and initially made contact with the man.

Joyner said at one point the man came outside his apartment waving a broom towards officers.

Officers were able to deploy a non-lethal beanbag, striking the man in the leg. Joyner said the beanbag did not have the desired affect and officers, at that time, were not able to take him into custody.

The FWPD Emergency Services Team and Crisis Response Team were dispatched to help get the man out of his home.

Police were not able to make contact with the man through a loudspeaker or with police sirens.

Shortly before 2:45 a.m., team members launched several flash bang grenades into the apartment. Joyner said the man eventually surrendered to police with incident.

The man has a history with police, but Joyner didn’t elaborate on those incidents.

Joyner said the man will be taken to a mental health facility for an evaluation and possible treatment.

He said the man will not likely face charges.

The 25-year-old’s name has not been released.

Patrons at the nearby Hitch-in-Post said the man was inside the establishment earlier in the night. Joyner couldn’t confirm that information.

Nearby residents on High Street were asked to stay inside their homes during the standoff. Initially, officers were unsure if the man had any weapons.

Joyner said a man inside an apartment on the lower level refused to come outside. Joyner said the man stayed inside his apartment throughout the entire incident.

No injuries were reported.

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