FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Fort Wayne Police Department got a man safely out of a home after he made suicidal threats to family members via text messages, according to city police spokesperson Officer Michael Joyner.
Joyner said police were first called to the home in the 1000 block of Farwood Avenue around 8:30 p.m. Monday. The department’s Crisis Response Team and Emergency Services Team was dispatched around 8:50 p.m.
Around 10:30 p.m. team members were able to make telephone contact with the man. His name has not been released.
It’s unclear if the man had any weapons inside the home. Joyner said the man has a history of suicidal threats.
Several family members were present with police officers at a command center in the 6200 block of Hystone Drive and became alarmed shortly before 11 p.m. when officers used a flash bang grenade in an attempt to get the man’s attention. The family members became hysterical and began running towards the home. Officers were able to stop them before they reached the house. They were moved farther back from the area out of an abundance of caution.
The man surrendered to officers around 11:30 p.m. without incident. He was taken to the hospital for evaluation.
Several streets in the area were blocked off and dozens of onlookers gathered nearby.