IMPD officer arrested by SWAT team after standoff


The detained officer (lower right), shortly after being apprehended by SWAT members. - PHOTO BY REBECCA TOWNSEND.

After a four-hour-plus standoff outside NUVO offices in Tarkington Park, a SWAT team and crisis intervention team rescued a distraught IMPD officer.

The as-yet-unnamed officer stood in the park and appeared to be talking on the phone for several hours. Two SWAT vehicles slowly approached before the man walked toward one and was quickly apprehended. Snipers could be seen on nearby buildings, and roads surrounding the Park - just outside of NUVO offices - were closed until around 1 p.m.

UPDATE: As of Tuesday at 5 p.m., the following is the most information officially released by IMPD:

On Tuesday, February 14, 2012, at approximately 8:30am, IMPD officers responded to the 3900 block of North Illinois Street (Tarkington Park) after locating a fellow officer. The officer was distraught and found walking in the middle of the park. Due to the circumstances surrounding the incident, officers set up a perimeter and called for the IMPD SWAT Team and Crisis Negotiation Unit.

After several hours of talking, negotiators were able to get the officer to come out of the park where he was taken into custody, putting a peaceful end to the situation. The officer was then transported to Wishard Hospital. At this time, the circumstances leading up to this incident are still being investigated. Any information pertaining to the officer or his identity is not currently being released.

Other local media are reporting that the officer is a 54-years old man who became distraught and likely suicidal Valentine's morning, leaving his girlfriend's house and taking off to Tarkington Park where he spoke via cell phone with friends, police and his pastor. A request for confirmation of these reports is pending.

The officer being apprehended. - REBECCA TOWNSEND
tarkington towers police standoff
  • Photo by Tristan Schmid
  • SWAT members in this truck arrested the offending officer.

    A sniper was visible on a balcony on Tarkington Towers, located at the northwest corner of Meridian & 40th streets.
A sniper waits on call in case the situation took a turn for the worse. - REBECCA TOWNSEND
  • Rebecca Townsend
  • A sniper waits on call in case the situation took a turn for the worse.

Update: RTV 6 has posted video of the tense seconds leading up to the arrest.