Coroner ID’s man involved in lengthy Huntington standoff


HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WANE) — The Huntington County Coroner has identified the man involved in Monday’s standoff.

The man has been identified as Phillip T. Sonnigsen, 33, of Huntington. The coroner said his cause of death is self-inflicted gunshot wound. The manner of death is suicide.

Just after 10 a.m., the Huntington Police Department reports that it attempted to serve a warrant on an individual in the 800 block of South Jefferson Street, just west of Hiers Park. Officers were unable to find the man at that time.

According to court documents, Sonnigsen was wanted for nonsupport of a dependent child in Wells County, a Level 6 Felony.

Roughly 2.5 hours later, officers spoke with a family member who said that the person was armed and had made statements that he was not going back to jail and had made threats to harm himself. Police report that a perimeter was then established around the home and the Allen County Sheriff’s Department was contacted for assistance.

Around 3:45 p.m., the Allen County Sheriff’s Department Emergency Response Street arrived and attempted to make contact with the person. After four hours of attempting to speak with the man, the team entered into the home, police report.

The man was found by the team and needed immediate medical attention. Parkview Huntington Hospital EMS transported the man but life saving measures were unsuccessful.

Huntington Police Department, Allen County Sheriff’s Department, Fort Wayne Police Department, Indiana State Police, Huntington County Sheriff’s Department, Huntington Fire Department, Parkview Huntington Hospital EMS assisted.

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