8-hour standoff between police, individual ends peacefully


La Porte City Police and the county Fugitive Apprehension Street Team (FAST) arrested a person following an eight-hour standoff Wednesday, Chief Paul Brettin said in a press release.

At 2 p.m. Wednesday, the FAST team and city detectives attempted to serve arrest and search warrants on the individual in the 200 block of Belden Street. The person, whose gender was not indicated in the press release, told officers he/she would harm himself/herself if the officers entered. Brettin said residents in the immediate area were notified for their safety, and many evacuated.

Negotiators from the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office were called to talk to the person. After about eight hours, the standoff ended peacefully with the person coming out of the home. The individual was taken to Northwest Health – La Porte for evaluation.

Brettin said he appreciates the quick assistance and support from the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office, the La Porte County FAST team and the Michigan City Police Department. He said that teamwork resulted in the peaceful close with no injuries.

The press release stated that more information will be released at a later time.

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