Police take barricaded man into custody

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Fort Wayne Police were at a near-downtown neighborhood early Tuesday afternoon negotiating with a man barricaded inside a home. He was taken into custody at approximately 2:05 p.m.

Just before 11 a.m., police went to a home at 912 Lake Ave., between Dearborn and Loree streets, to serve an emergency detention order to a man. When police arrived and knocked on the door, the man opened the door and immediately closed it, barricading himself inside.

During the brief interaction, officer noticed what appeared to be the possibility of booby-trapping inside the apartment and did not progress inside, according to police spokesman Michael Joyner.

Just before 1 p.m. then, police called in special tactics teams, and a three-block area was closed off to vehicle and pedestrian traffic, Lake and Columbia avenues, Joyner said.

Lake Ave standoff

The teams used a technique called “hailing” to urge the man out of the house by blaring sirens and then asking him via loudspeaker to come out of the home or call 911. Eventually, after more than an hour, the man came out of the home and was arrested.

The man was not identified. He was taken to a local hospital for evaluation, Joyner said.

Afterward, the department’s bomb squad sent a robotic unit into the apartment and found no booby traps inside. Joyner said the man did have monofilament string strung inside, though, “to make it appear” as if the apartment was booby-trapped.

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