Man in custody following a standoff that lasted hours at apartment complex

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A man is in custody following a domestic disturbance that turned into a standoff with police.

Officers were called to the 850 Ridgewood Drive after 6 p.m on a report of a domestic dispute with a party armed. The road was located in the Summit at Ridgewood Apartment Complex near Coliseum and Clinton in Fort Wayne’s north east side.

Officers received a call from a family member that a man was attacking a female with a knife in an apartment.

When police arrived they found a female in an apartment and was able to take the woman to safety. The woman sustained injuries however was not transported to a hospital.

The man, Eric Smallwood, 43, barricaded himself inside a bedroom in the apartment.

Police made several attempts to get the man to come out however, he refused to communicate with police.

Two hours later the Fort Wayne Police’s Departments Emergency Services, Crisis Repsonse team and hostage negotiators arrived.

Around 10:30 p.m. police obtained a warrant and entered the apartment complex to find Smallwood. Officers cleared the first and second floor, eventually finding Smallwood in the attic and taking him into custody.

Streets surrounding the apartment complex were closed for hours and have since reopened.

Public Information Officer Sofia Rosales-Scatena told WANE 15 the man will face charges steaming from the incident.

Smallwood is facing Domestic Battery, Domestic Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Strangulation and Invasion of Privacy.

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