Domestic disturbance leads to standoff with police on southside

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Fort Wayne Police officers responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a home in the 400 block of W. Dewald Street in Southcentral Fort Wayne around 7:18 Sunday morning.

Officers arrived at the scene and made contact with a woman who told police that a man had battered her and was inside the apartment possibly armed. He had possibly fired a shot in the apartment.

Police made contact with the suspect who was an adult male and was found to have an active arrest warrant. He refused to come out of the apartment. Police attempted to get the man to leave the building, but he continued to refuse.

Officers then determined that the situation was dangerous so they requested assistance from the Emergency Services Team, Crisis Response Team and Air Support Unit. CRT Negotiators made phone contact with the suspect, who eventually surrendered peacefully at 10:05 a.m.

The man was taken to the police station for questioning and then went to Allen County Jail on his active warrant and charges from the incident.

The woman victim was taken to a local hospital and then released.

FWPD released the identity of the man as Rodney Stephens, 28. He has been charged with:

  • Domestic  Battery, A misdemeanor 
  • Domestic Battery causing moderate bodily injury, Level 6 felony
  • Domestic Battery in presence of a child less than 16 years of age, level 6 felony 
  • Domestic Battery, prior conviction to same victim, level 5 felony
  • Arrest Warrant for level 5 felony domestic battery
Rodney Stephens. Photo courtesy of Allen County Jail.

Public Information Officer Christopher Felton was asked about the recent crime activity in Fort Wayne and he told WANE 15 that “sometimes when the weather warms up we see a spike in gun violence.”

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