For Immediate Release

Barricaded Subject

Date: 5/24/2023

Location: 1000 E. Berry St.

Time: 1:30 am

Arrested: David Span Jr., 59 years of age


The Fort Wayne Police Department responded to a 911 hang-up call from a residence on the 1000 block of E. Berry St. at roughly 1:30 am Wednesday morning.  As officers responded, Dispatch received text messages from a victim, alleging that she had been battered and was being held against her will.  Once on scene, officers attempted to have the victim exit the residence voluntarily, but were advised she was unable too. 

The Emergency Services Team (EST), Crisis Response Team (CRT), and the Air Support Unit (ASU) were paged to assist with the incident.  Shortly after the tactical units arrival, the adult female victim exited the home.  Numerous attempts were made to contact the suspect and have him exited voluntarily, but were unsuccessful.  After countless failed attempts to get the suspect to willfully exit, gas was deployed.  After the deployment of gas, the suspect exited the home and was taken into custody without further incident. 

Preliminary Charges: Criminal Confinement, Domestic Battery with an Active No Contact Order Protecting the Victim, Invasion of Privacy, Domestic Battery with a Prior Conviction, Domestic Battery Involving a Deadly Weapon.

Sergeant Jeremy Webb
Public Information Officer
Fort Wayne Police Department