FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — A man surrendered to Fort Wayne police Friday night after a two and a half hour standoff.
Officers arrived at the Economy Inn on West Coliseum Boulevard, just west of Goshen Road, around 4 p.m. in response to a man who had called 911 making suicide threats.
Police said initially the man said three people were inside the hotel room with him and that he was armed with a gun. He told 911 dispatchers that if officers tried to come into the room he would shoot them and himself.
The department’s Emergency Services Team, Crisis Response Team and Air Support Units all responded. When CRT officers first made contact with the man, he was very agitated. Negotiators continued to talk with him and establish a rapport. They were able to deescalate the situation and around 6:30 p.m. the man came out of the room on his own.
Officers detained him without incident and he was taken to a hospital for medical evaluation. No charges have been filed, but police say they could be in the future.
Police say they are trained for these situations, but they are always difficult to get under control.
“The thing that makes it a little bit more difficult and a little bit more stressful is now you’re not in a single family dwelling that maybe contained into something that maybe that individual was in his or her own structure. Now, you have other people who are staying in the hotel trying to figure out what’s safe for them in not all areas. Up, down as well as side to side trying to make sure those individuals are safe too,” Mike Bieker of the Fort Wayne Police Department said.
This incident is still under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department.