Suspect dead after 12 hour standoff in Kendallville

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The suspect at the center of a reported active shooting in Noble County is dead after a 12-hour standoff.

At roughly 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, Kendallville Police received a report of shots being fired at an apartment complex on Berry Lane near Drake Road on the south side of Kendallville. Officers responded immediately, and upon their arrival an unidentified male suspect began shooting at them from a second story apartment balcony.  There was an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and the officers.  The suspect retreated into the apartment and continued firing multiple rounds at officers from inside the apartment.

Numerous officers from multiple agencies continued responding to the scene and were met with continuous and indiscriminate gunfire.   SWAT personnel and armored vehicle assets from the ISP, Auburn PD, Allen County PD, Fort Wayne PD, along with FWPD’s Air Support Unit responded to the scene to provide a coordinated tactical response. Once armored vehicles were on scene, officers were able to begin systematically evacuating the adjoining apartments and the neighboring apartment buildings, and then moving those residents to safety.

During the standoff, attempts to establish a line of communication with the suspect were unsuccessful, and the suspect never responded to officers’ loudspeaker announcements and commands.

At approximately 6:05 a.m., nearly eleven hours after the incident began, SWAT officers made entry into the apartment.  The suspect was taken into custody without further incident.  He was found suffering from an injury, but the extent of injury was not known.  He was immediately attended to by on scene paramedics, however all life saving measures were unsuccessful.  He succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Although the immediate incident has been resolved, this is an active ongoing criminal investigation which is being led by Indiana State Police.  C

Residents of Drake Terrace Apartments and surround homes were being allowed to return to their homes.

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