FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The man arrested Monday after climbing atop a south-side automotive store and holding off police for more than two hours is being held for a 72-hour psychological evaluation, police said Tuesday.
Fort Wayne Police spokesman Michael Joyner said Tuesday the man, who was not identified, did not have a weapon during his stand-off with police on the roof of the AutoZone store at 7701 N. Southtown Crossing that began around 1:40 p.m. Monday.
The incident started after a reported theft from Walmart, where store employees chased two people. A woman, 27-year-old Melanie D. Clary of Fort Wayne, was caught inside Walmart, and the man ran across the parking lot to the AutoZone. The man then crawled up a downspout to reach the business’s roof. When he was found on the building, he told officers he was armed and would shoot himself he approached, police said.
Fort Wayne Police then called out its emergency services and crisis response teams.
The man was arrested after the Emergency Services Team deployed a flash bang on the roof and, 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.
Clary faces a misdemeanor charge of conversion.
It’s not clear yet what charges the man will face, if any.
During the standoff, both north and southbound lanes of U.S. 27 were closed to traffic. Police also locked down several businesses including Menards, Firestone, Wendy’s, Great Clips and T-mobile. The Walmart had one entrance open during that time.