Standoff with murder suspect ended peacefully
by Lori Caldwell firstname.lastname@example.org | 648-3258 January 4, 2013 3:46PM
Marcus Flanagan. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media ptmet
Updated: February 6, 2013 6:10AM
GARY — After a three-hour standoff with police, homicide suspect Marcus Flanagan surrendered peacefully late Thursday night.
“He told me afterward he should have gone out with a blaze of glory,” Hammond Chief Brian Miller recounted Friday.
Hammond, Gary and Lake County police surrounded 2359 Fairbanks St., in the Black Oak neighborhood, about 7 p.m. Thursday night after receiving reliable information that Flanagan, 18, was inside the house.
“He did say when we first got there that ‘I have a gun and I have hostages and I will kill them,’ ”Miller said.
Police, prepared for battle, blocked off streets and moved neighbors away from the scene as Hammond Gang Unit Detective Jason Gonzalez negotiated with Flanagan.
“We brought the SWAT team because we knew we were going after a person who was dangerous and who had told others he would resist,” Miller said.
Flanagan, of 2307 Calhoun St., Gary, as well as Marvel Harper Jr., 22, and Dontrel Hughes, 19, were charged last month with murder in the Dec. 17 robbery/shooting death of David Alexander. Flanagan was the only suspect not in custody.
Police obtained several tips recently about Flanagan’s location, and on Thursday the information was confirmed.
At the scene, Miller said, police learned Flanagan was not alone in the house.
The “hostages,” three men and a woman, were associates of Flanagan, suspected to be a member of the Latin Kings gang.
More than an hour into the standoff, some occupants of the house left.
Gonzalez and Flanagan continued to talk, but Flanagan wasn’t willing to exit.
“He said he wanted a few minutes of peace with his friends, he wanted to talk to his mother and his brother,” Miller said.
The chief said prosecutors will decide if Flanagan should face additional charges for his actions during the standoff. Flanagan is already charged with attempted murder and burglary in unrelated incidents.
When Flanagan finally emerged shortly after 10 p.m., he walked out with the last man in the house.
“He said he felt if he went out with one of his friends we wouldn’t shoot them, because we might confuse one for the other,” Miller said.
No gunfire was required, however, and Flanagan surrendered quietly.
“I very much appreciated Lake County and Gary’s assistance,” Miller said. “It was every bit of help we could ever want.”