Hammond man arrested after standoff, police say

2012-07-05T20:00:00Z Hammond man arrested after standoff, police sayBy Chelsea Schneider Kirk chelsea.schneider@nwi.com, (219) 933-3241 nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | A Hammond man was arrested Thursday after burglarizing a business and barricading himself in his home for more than five hours, police said.

The standoff in the 800 block of Indiana Street ended about 12:30 p.m. when a SWAT team apprehended the 41-year-old man in the basement of the home, Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller said.

Miller declined to provide the name of the man pending formal charges. The man was arrested without incident.

Police said the incident began when the man burglarized a business at 710 Michigan St. about 5:51 a.m.

A security guard from the business and police officers followed the man back to his home, and he commanded his dogs to attack them, police said. Miller said the man also told officers to get off his property or he'd shoot them.

Police attempted to negotiate with the man, but he threw a phone out the window, Miller said. Police also used tear gas in the house, Miller said.

Another man left the home during the early part of the standoff because he didn't want to be a part of it, Miller said.

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