FWPD attempts to serve DNA warrant, subject avoids police for hours

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Fort Wayne police attempted to serve a warrant to obtain DNA from a man Tuesday night, according to FWPD Spokesman Officer Mark Bieker.

Bieker said police went to a home in the 2800 block of Knode Court and made visual identification of 27-year-old Trumarkus C. Alexander. Bieker said Alexander saw police and retreated into a home.

Officers surrounded the home and used a flash-bang device in an attempt to get Alexander to come outside. Bieker said shortly after the device went off police heard a gunshot – which struck a house next door. No one was hurt.

Around 9:40 p.m., the police department’s Emergency Services and Crisis Response teams were called.

Team members made contact with Alexander via phone and a loudspeaker, but he refused to come out of the home. After several hours, Alexander exited the home through a side door and surrendered to police without incident around 11:30 p.m. Bieker said Alexander surrendered as police were beginning to move in and deploy tear gas.

Multiple law enforcement sources told NewsChannel 15’s Rod Hissong investigators wanted the man’s DNA for an ongoing rape investigation involving a young child. Bieker could not confirm that’s why officers were looking for the subject.

Alexander was arrested on charges of felony neglect of a dependent and criminal recklessness, and a misdemeanor charge of resisting law enforcement.

The incident is under investigation.

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