Police shoot man holding boy hostage in Fort Wayne


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

Officers were called to the 5300 block of Stony Run Lane around 11:10 p.m. Thursday for a reported disturbance.

Police said a man was seen inside the home with a child and the man was holding a knife. He refused to talk to police and retreated into the home.

Officers used a loudspeaker In an attempt to make contact but the man has still 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.

The situation ended with gunfire at about 5 a.m. Police said the man did something that forced them to take action, leaving him in critical condition. The child was taken away from the home safely by police officers.

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

Police were initially communicating with the man via text message. Police have since provided the man with phone but it’s unclear if he has spoken with police.

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 NewsChannel 15 the man is still facing charges from the July incident.

FWPD is asking parents and residents near Northcrest Elementary School to stay off he roads around Stony Run Lane. The road is closed between Wooster and Wesley courts.