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Man surrenders peacefully after overnight standoff

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): A man has been taken in for questioning after a four hour standoff near downtown Fort Wayne.

Christopher Richard Barton, 30, was arrested and charged with criminal recklessness, residential entry and criminal mischief, according to our news partners at ABC21.

Chris Felton, Public Information Officer with the Fort Wayne Police Department, tells WOWO News, around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, a woman called police, asking for help at a home in the 1100 block of Columbia Avenue.

Once officers arrived, the woman exited the house, but a man inside began yelling and refused to come out. He then fired several gunshots inside the home.

The Emergency Services and Crisis Response teams were called in and used a flash bang and loud speakers for nearly four hours trying to get the man to come out of the home. Finally after tear gas was used, the man surrendered.

Several nearby homes were evacuated during the incident.

As of right now it’s unknown if the man lives at this address or not, and police are also trying to figure out what prompted the woman to call 911, as well as what her relationship is to the man. He is currently being questioned, so it’s currently unknown if the suspect will face charges.

Meanwhile, the incident remains under investigation.

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