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Update: Suspect named in Fremont standoff with police

FREMONT, Ind. (WANE) - We have new information about the man who was hold up in a Fremont hotel after he fired a gun at police.   His name is Joshua Kelley of Kendallville.

Police said the standoff lasted for almost eight hours at the Travelers Inn in at 35 S.R. 120, near Interstate 69 and the Indiana Toll Road west of Fremont.

Investigators said Kelley gave himself up just before 6 p.m. after he fired off a round of bullets.

The situation began Thursday morning. Police said an officer went to conduct a welfare check in one of the rooms and that's when Kelley shot at the officer. The officer was not struck.   

Kelley faces multiple charges including manufacturing meth, pointing a loaded gun, intimidation and criminal recklessness. He is being held in the Steuben County Jail without bond.

A swarm of police officers from five to six area agencies responded to the standoff. Officials blocked off a mile radius around the hotel while they worked to talk Kelley out.

Officials told NewsChannel 15 that officers fired tear gas toward Kelley, and he shot a round of bullets out of the motel room window. He then surrendered to police.

It's not clear why the shots were fired at the officer who conducted the welfare check.

The motel was cleared of guests and staff during the standoff. S.R. 120 was also closed to traffic in the area but is now open.


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