FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Police have a man in custody after he stood on the roof of an AutoZone for more than two hours. Officers with the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the Southtown Centre complex around 1:40 p.m.
Photos | AutoZone standoff
The man was taken into custody when FWPD Emergency Services Team deployed a distraction device on the roof. As it went off, officers broke through the access door to the roof at AutoZone. The suspect looked up and at that point officers shot him with non-lethal ammunition. The Fort Wayne Fire Department truck ladder was used to get the man off the building. He was then transported to a hospital to be evaluated.
Police spokesperson Michael Joyner said this started after a theft from Walmart, when employees chased two people. A woman was caught inside Walmart and the man ran across the parking lot to the AutoZone. Joyner said the man got on the roof by by climbing up a down spout. When he was found on the building, he told officers he was armed and would shoot himself he approached.
That’s when EST personnel were called to assist, along with the FWPD’s crisis response team.
MAP | Southtown Centre complex
During the standoff, both north and southbound lanes of US 27 were closed to traffic. It was reopened shortly after the man was in custody. Police put several businesses on lockdown including, Menards, Firestone, Wendy’s, Great Clips and T-mobile. Any customers inside were told to say there until it was safe. The Walmart had one entrance open during that time.
Police attempted to make contact with man several times, as seen the cell phone video at the top. In the video, which was recorded around 2:20 p.m., an officer speaks to the man over a loud speaker.