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After standoff, police seize suspect

McMillon

A man hunkered down in a south side home early Sunday during a nearly 6-hour standoff, not surrendering to police even after they deployed a flash-bang device and tear gas.

Police investigating a report of a suspicious person in a vehicle saw the man run into a home in the 4500 block of Southwest Anthony Wayne Drive about 2 a.m., Fort Wayne police said.

Police ordered everyone else out of the home and used a loudspeaker to tell the man to come outside. When that failed, officers tried to reach the man on his cellphone several times. The SWAT team eventually deployed a flash-bang device, but he remained in the home, police said.

In a final attempt to make the man come out, police fired tear gas into the home. When that did not work, the SWAT team went inside and arrested him at 7:45 a.m., police said.

The man, identified as Damichael L. McMillon, 23, of Fort Wayne, was charged with domestic battery and strangulation, both felonies.

Southwest Anthony Wayne Drive from West Colonial to Capitol avenues was closed during the standoff.

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