Man with federal warrant surrenders after 2-hour standoff

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Police took a man into custody after a nearly two-hour standoff inside a Lake Avenue home mid-morning Thursday.

Around 8:25 a.m., NewsChannel 15 learned that police were called a home at 1818 Lake Ave. Officials said later that the FBI went to the white two-story house next door to Sunshine Laundry and Drycleaning to serve a federal warrant, but the man inside retreated and barricaded himself in.

Fort Wayne Police work at the intersection of Lake Avenue and Anthony Boulevard on Thursday, March 9, 2017.

After that development, agents called in the Fort Wayne Police Department to secure the scene and the Allen County SWAT team to assist. The police department’s hostage negotiation team worked for more than an hour to persuade the man from the home, police said.

Around 10:15 a.m., he surrendered peacefully, police said. He was loaded into an ambulance on a stretcher. Police said the man was placed under medical care for an evaluation. He was not identified and it’s not clear what charges he faces.

Police did not have to use any flash bangs or force entry during the standoff.


“When we respond to these situations, we have every level of protection necessary because we don’t know what the response will be from individual,” Officer Michael Joyner, spokesman for the FWPD, said. “Certainly we try to communicate and if they’re willing to talk to us, we’re willing to take the time to speak with them. That’s usually a successful conclusion to incidents. Should it not go that way, we have a tactical team here to make tactical entry and to handle any other circumstance that might arise.”


Lake Avenue was closed between Randallia Drive and Anthony Boulevard during the investigation.

A man is loaded into an ambulance after a police investigation at a home along Lake Avenue near Anthony Blvd. on Thursday, March 9, 2017.