Crown Point man in standoff with police for 6 hours
Post-Tribune staff report December 26, 2012 1:10PM
Updated: December 26, 2012 9:47PM
A 46-year-old Crown Point was arrested early Wednesday morning after a six-and-a-half hour standoff with police that started Tuesday night at his home in the Liberty Park neighborhood.
No one was hurt in the incident. Crown Point Police are withholding the man’s name until charges are filed. He was taken to the Lake County Jail on a probable cause hold of intimidation.
Police arrived at the man’s house in the 300 block of Maple Street around 7:56 p.m. when they were contacted by an irate man who was threatening to shoot family members if they returned to his house. He claimed to have already shot a neighbor.
One of the man’s family members told police the suspect was upset because he thought an item was stolen from his house by a neighbor. The man became increasingly agitated and family members left. Later, he called the family and told them he had shot a neighbor and intended to shoot them if they returned.
The suspect owns an assortment of weapons.
Crown Point officers were unsuccessful in contacting the suspect over the phone, so they requested the Northwest Regional SWAT unit.
Officers found that the neighbor was not injured. Officers deployed tear gas canisters to get the man to leave, but they were unsuccessful.
The SWAT team entered the house at 2:30 a.m. and found the man hiding in the bathroom with his two dogs.