Man found dead after police standoff

Photo provided by Michael Fisher during a standoff on High Street on March 3, 2016.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Allen County Coroner’s Office has ruled the death of a man who was involved in a standoff with police Thursday a suicide. Following an autopsy, the coroner determined the man died from a gunshot wound.

Police spent four hours in the 900 block of High Street starting around 5:40 p.m., after responding to a report of a domestic dispute.

According to FWPD Spokesman Officer Jason Anthony, police were told a husband and wife were arguing inside the home. At some point, the man pointed a loaded handgun at his wife and she ran from the home.

Arriving officers attempted to get the man to come out, but he refused.

The department’s Emergency Services and Crisis Response Teams were called around 6:15 p.m.

Photo provided by Michael Fisher during a standoff on High Street on March 3, 2016.
Photo provided by Michael Fisher during a standoff on High Street on March 3, 2016.

Officers used a loud speaker, flash bang device and tear gas in an attempt to get the man to come out of the home. After those attempts, police said the man was not responding to any commands to exit the residence.

Around 9:45 p.m. officers sent a robot into the home and found the man on the first floor. He was unresponsive and appeared to be bleeding. Officers then went inside the home and paramedics pronounced him dead.

Anthony said it appeared the man suffered a single gunshot wound.

Anthony said Crime Scene Technicians gathered evidence at the home, which will help further the investigation.

Neighbors near the home were evacuated during the standoff. They were allowed to return home shortly before 10 p.m.

As of Friday, the incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department, Allen County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Allen County Coroner.

Comments are closed.