Fort Wayne hostage situation ends in police-involved shooting


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A six-hour hostage situation came to an abrupt end at a home on the city’s north side Friday morning. Police shot a man who was holding a young boy hostage.

Officers were called to the 5328 Stony Run Lane around 11:10 p.m. Thursday for a reported disturbance between a boyfriend and girlfriend.

As police arrived, the man armed with a knife, grabbed the boy and retreated into the home. He refused to come out. The woman was able to escape, according to Fort Wayne Police Department Public Information Officer Chris Felton.

Officers used a loudspeaker in an attempt to make contact but the man refused to speak to police or come out of the home.

At 11:58 p.m., The FWPD Crisis Reaponse and Emergency Services teams were dispatched. A throw phone – a phone that allows direct communication to hostage negotiators – was delivered to the house, but the man refused to talk, Felton said.

Another phone was delivered to the house, which the man finally used to contact police. After a few hours, Felton said the man made comments that left officers to believe he was going to hurt the child.

A man held a boy hostage on Stony Run Lane for more than five hours. (WANE Photo)
A man held a boy hostage on Stony Run Lane for more than five hours. (WANE Photo)

Shortly before 5 a.m., officers entered the home and immediately found the man with two large edged weapons, standing over the child. Police made a quick decision to shoot the man, leaving him in critical condition.

The child was taken away from the home safely by police officers.

Felton said the boyfriend and girlfriend both lived in the home. The exact relationship of the child to the man is still being determined.

Per protocol, the officers involved in the shooting will be investigated with the Indiana State Police. Officers will also be placed on administrative leave per department policy.

Any charges the man may face will be determined by the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office. His identity will be released at a later time.

A large police presence occupied the neighborhood. Officers in protective gear and long guns and the department’s armored rescue vehicle moved from the command post closer to the home.

A similar situation took place in early July involving the same man and a child. It took three hours before the man eventually surrendered to police.

The name of the man has not been released, but police confirmed to News 18’s sister station, WANE, the man is still facing charges from the July incident.