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Man surrenders to Fort Wayne SWAT after standoff on Valdosta Drive, boy injured

Police in Fort Wayne had a home surrounded on the city's north side Tuesday morning which caused two schools nearby to not allow anyone to enter their buildings.

Posted: Sep 15, 2020 11:32 AM
Updated: Sep 16, 2020 8:36 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Police in Fort Wayne have a man in custody after a standoff lasted more than an hour at a home on the city's north side Tuesday morning causing two schools nearby to not allow anyone to enter their buildings.

The Fort Wayne Police Department said they received a call just after 4 a.m. Tuesday regarding a "domestic battery" at a home involving a father and son in the 700 block of Valdosta Drive.

Fort Wayne Police and SWAT are on the scene of a barricaded situation on Valdosta Drive on Sept. 15, 2020. Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Dunn.

FWPD Public Information Officer Sofia Rosales-Scatena said that the man inside, identified as 51-year-old Kenneth Lawless, injured his son who was inside the home and refused to come out or speak with officers.

When police learned Lawless was armed with a gun and wouldn't come out that's when they say additional units were called in, including SWAT and air support.

Officers said they tried again to get in contact with Lawless using loudspeakers, but continued to ignore them.

Around 11:30 a.m., Lawless surrendered to officers after they deployed a "chemical agent" into the home.

Lawless is facing preliminary domestic battery charges.

The boy was transported to a local hospital with injuries that were non-life-threatening but serious.

Investigators said a gun was recovered from the house but they are not sure if it was used in the incident.

FWPD says the lockouts that were placed at Lincoln Elementary School and Shawnee Middle School were lifted at about 11:45 a.m.

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