Man in custody, children released after hours-long standoff


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Police took a man into custody after a standoff in a neighborhood north of downtown Tuesday afternoon.

Fort Wayne Police were called to the 500 block of Lillian Avenue, off Wells Street, on a report of a domestic dispute.

Responding officers were told by the woman that a man had barricaded himself in the home with three children and was possibly armed. The man had an outstanding warrant for domestic battery.

Negotiators, Emergency Services and Aerial Support Units were sent to that location, the police department said.

Officers report that after several hours, two of the three children were released, unharmed. The man refused to cooperate. Just before 5:30 p.m., officers released a chemical agent into the home. The third child and the man then exited the home.

The man was then taken into custody. He has not been named.

Officers at the scene said Lillian Avenue will continue to remain closed for the time being.

Neighbors in the area were asked to shelter in place until the situation was resolved.

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