For Immediate Release
December 16, 2016
Date: Thursday, December 15, 2016
Time: 9:34 PM
Location: 1100 Columbia Ave
On December 15, 2016, at 9:34PM, officers with the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to a house in the 1100 block of Columbia Ave on a reported disturbance. A female called 911 requesting assistance from police. As officers arrived, the female exited the house, and the adult male suspect began yelling at police. The male refused to exit, and fired several gunshots inside the home. Officers then retreated to safety.
Officers tried to convince the suspect to exit the home, but he refused. Because the male was reported to be heavily armed, the Emergency Services Team and Crisis Response Team were summoned, and arrived shortly after. Emergency Service members deployed a flashbang to try to motivate the suspect to surrender peacefully, but the suspect refused.
Officers used loud speakers for nearly four hours trying to convince the suspect to exit, but the suspect continued to refuse to cooperate. EST members then deployed tear gas in an attempt to motivate the suspect to cooperate, and the suspect finally surrendered. The surrender went peacefully, and the suspect was taken to the police station for questioning.
Crime Scene units are presently searching for any weapons. Police evacuated several nearby homes during the incident. It is currently unknown if the suspect lives at this address or not, and police are also working to establish exactly what happened that prompted the female to call 911, as well as what her relationship is to the suspect.
The suspect is currently being questioned, so it is currently unknown if the suspect will face charges.
The incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department and the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office.
Public Information Officer
Fort Wayne Police Department