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Standoff between wanted man and authorities ends in arrest

Standoff Creighton and South Wayne 2021

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Indiana State Police are revealing more about an hours-long standoff in Fort Wayne Thursday morning.

State police and members of the Fort Wayne Police Department Internet Crimes against Children Task Force were trying to serve a search warrant at a home on South Wayne Avenue, near Pierce Avenue around 9:30 A.M.

State police say the woman who owns the home let officers inside, but a 26-year-old man locked himself in a bedroom and began threatening suicide.

Detectives believed they heard the man rack a shotgun and left the home, setting up a perimeter.

SWAT and Crisis Negotiators took over around 11:00 A.M. and were able to communicate with the man after about an hour.

For nearly two and a half hours, officers say they communicated with him before getting him to surrender.

When the man came out of the home, he had a rifle, and officers used "less lethal munitions."

Police took the man into custody around 2:30 Thursday afternoon.

Officers aren't releasing the man's name.

Original Story:

A standoff between law enforcement and a wanted man has ended.

According to a public information officer with the Fort Wayne Police Department, Indiana State Police were trying to serve a "crimes against children" warrant for a person inside a home in the 2400 block of South Wayne Avenue.

That's near W. Creighton Avenue.

Once troopers made their way inside the home, they found a man locked inside a room.

Police said they heard him rack a shotgun, and he said he wouldn't come out of the locked room.

Troopers retreated and tried to call in the help of their SWAT members, but we're told the team is in Indianapolis training.

That's when the FWPD SWAT was called in to assist.

Around 2:30 p.m., police took the man into custody.

Kayla Crandall

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