Fort Wayne man in police custody after nearly six-hour standoff

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Fort Wayne police arrested a man after a nearly six-hour standoff Saturday night. Jeremy C. Elder Sr. now faces a felony domestic battery charge.

Officers were called to 1631 Hinton Drive at 4:40 p.m. after a dispatcher heard what sounded like a domestic disturbance on the other end of a 911 call. When officers arrived, they spoke with a person outside who told police Elder was inside the house. Officer John Chambers said police had been called to that house earlier in the day for a domestic disturbance, but Elder wasn’t there when they arrived.

The officers who responded to the second call tried to make contact with Elder but were unsuccessful. That’s when the Fort Wayne Police Department’s Emergency Services (EST) and Crisis Response Teams were called in.

Crisis Response Team (CRT) officers talked to Elders on the telephone for several hours and tried to get him to come out of the house and surrender to police. Around 10:30 p.m., Elders did finally come out unarmed. Chambers said Elders obeyed orders to sit and sat down on the front porch, but he did not comply with officers’ orders to lie down. Police then used “less lethal ammunition” to take Elders into custody before booking him in the Allen County jail.

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