Indiana police standoff leads to school closing

By The Associated Press

PERU — A northern Indiana school district canceled classes Friday after a police standoff began with a man who had reportedly fired gunshots inside a house.

The 46-year-old man was arrested without incident at about 8:30 a.m. when a state police SWAT team entered the house in the city of Peru, nearly four hours after police received a 911 call about gunshots, state police Sgt. Tony Slocum said. Some nearby homes were evacuated during the standoff, but no injuries were reported.

The man was jailed on preliminary charges of criminal recklessness and police were seeking a court order to seize weapons that were inside the house, Slocum told The Peru Tribune.

A Peru police officer had spotted the man sitting on a sidewalk about 3 a.m., Slocum said.

“He was not causing a disturbance. Officers believed him to be intoxicated at that time,” Slocum said.
“As a courtesy, he was transported to his home.”

Peru schools Superintendent Chuck Brimbury said police at first advised him to delay the start of school for two hours as a precaution.

When officers later thought it would take longer to resolve the standoff, Brimbury told the Kokomo Tribune he decided to cancel classes completely for the some 2,100 students in the district midway between South Bend and Indianapolis.

“We can’t have kids waiting at bus stops if there’s an emergency going on,” he said.

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