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Judge says Fort Wayne man is competent to stand trial

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): A judge said a Fort Wayne man involved in a domestic dispute that sent six people to the hospital is competent to stand trial.

Justin D. Pease, 31, faces 14 charges including burglary, arson, battery and resisting law enforcement.

Court documents reveal that Pease has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and schizophrenia. He was in a mental health care facility shortly before the April 2 incident, according to the Journal Gazette.

The Fort Wayne Police Department said Pease broke into his girlfriend’s house on the corner of St. Mary’s and Margaret Avenue on April 2.

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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.

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

A couple months ago, Pease’s attorney presented a motion for Pease to undergo an evaluation.

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