Fort Wayne police were involved in a nearly three-hour standoff Sunday morning with a man who was threatening suicide and throwing fireworks at officers.
“That is actually pretty frightening because it could be mistaken for gunfire,” Officer Raquel Foster said of the fireworks.
Police were called to a house in the 1000 block of Home Avenue, near Broadway, about 12:30 a.m. on a report of a disturbance. Officers learned that a 30-year-old man had threatened to hurt his mother and her boyfriend. The man also threatened to kill himself, said Foster, a police spokeswoman.
Just as police arrived, the mother and boyfriend fled safely from the house. The man did not follow officers’ orders and went into the house, police said.
Over the course of the standoff, the man held a knife to his neck, put a crossbow to his head and pointed the crossbow at officers. He told police he had a gun and started throwing fireworks at them, Foster said.
A negotiator spoke with the man and stayed in touch with him until he surrendered peacefully about 3:30 a.m. The man was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation. He will not face charges, Foster said.
Officers searched the home after the standoff and did not find a gun. No one was injured, police said.