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Fort Wayne man facing 14 charges will be evaluated

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): A Fort Wayne man that was involved in a domestic dispute that sent six people to the hospital in April will undergo a competency examination.

Justin D. Pease, 31, faces 14 charges and was in court Friday. His attorney presented a motion for Pease to undergo an evaluation that will determine if he can use an insanity defense, according to the News-Sentinel.

The Fort Wayne Police Department say Pease went to his girlfriend’s house on the corner of St. Mary’s and Margaret Avenue on April 2. He broke in the house by breaking a glass door.

After he broke in, police say he stabbed two people, locked himself in an upstairs room and started a fire when he heard police sirens.

Three police officers entered the home because they thought Pease had a hostage. Once inside, officers found a woman in a room and got her out. Officers kicked in the door of the room Pease was in and pulled him out.

RELATED: After Saturday morning stabbing and fire, Fort Wayne man charged with multiple felonies

During the process, all officers were exposed to smoke inhalation and later sent to a hospital. The two people stabbed were also hospitalized.

His charges include burglary, resisting law enforcement, habitual offender, arson and battery.

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