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Police: Barricaded man safely leaves apartment

A nearly three-hour standoff with an armed, suicidal man ended this morning with his peaceful surrender, Fort Wayne police said.

The man was taken to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation, city police said in a statement.

Police said they responded about 5:15 a.m. to an apartment in the 900 block of East Cook Road on a report of someone breaking out the windows of his apartment.

Responding officers heard what appeared to be gunshots being fired from inside the apartment, police said, and it appeared the man was firing a weapon out of one of the broken windows.

The man told dispatchers he was having suicidal thoughts, police said, but refused to leave his apartment to speak with officers.

They said a Crisis Response Team negotiator reached the man by phone, and maintained communication with him until he agreed to leave the apartment. He was detained by the Emergency Services Team without incident.

Nearby apartments were evacuated during the negotiations, police said.

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