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FORT WAYNE – A standoff south of downtown Fort Wayne ended peacefully Thursday morning, and police said the suspect was found unarmed, hiding in the basement.

Officers were called to a house in the 100 block of Esmond Street at 1:35 a.m. and told that Elgin M. Davis, 27, of Fort Wayne, had threatened to shoot his ex-girlfriend inside and any officer who tried to come in.

Police said Davis was barred from having any contact with the woman and that a court issued “No Contact” order due to a previous domestic incident involving the two.

After about an hour, the police decided to bring in the Critical Response and the Emergency Services teams to handle the situation. Before the specialty teams arrived, the woman was able to safely escape the home, the police said.

Attempts to talk with Davis and rounds of gas were not successful, police said, so a robot was sent inside. The police said Davis was found in the basement and that no injuries were reported.

During the standoff police blocked traffic on Esmond Street between Calhoun and Clinton streets and on Calhoun from Pontiac to Wildwood. Traffic was back to normal about 6:30 a.m., police said.