9-hour standoff ends when police find man hiding in closet

2013-08-14T21:33:00Z 2013-08-16T00:23:08Z 9-hour standoff ends when police find man hiding in closetTimes Staff nwitimes.com
August 14, 2013 9:33 pm  • 

JACKSON TOWNSHIP | A 45-year-old man was arrested after barricading himself in his home on County Road 1050 North for nearly nine hours.

Eric Martin was arrested about 9 p.m. after officers found him hiding in a closet in the house, said Sgt. Larry LaFlower, of the Porter County Sheriff's Department. 

Martin was shot with nonlethal ammunition, LaFlower said. Charges were pending late Wednesday.

Porter County police went to the home about noon after receiving a call from the Chesterton Medical Center, where Martin's father went after being attacked by his son, LaFlower said.

Martin's father, Louis Martin, 78, was badly bruised and had knife wounds, LaFlower said.

Police went to the home to investigate and had commitment orders from Judge William Alexa. Officers were given a key to the home by a family member, LaFlower said.

When the officer went inside, Martin slammed the door on the officer and said he had a gun, LaFlower said. That was the last time officers had any contact with Martin.

LaFlower confirmed shots were fired from inside the home. He said tactical officers fired tear gas into the home, but that did not drive out the man.

Officials used two robots, usually used by the county's bomb squad, to allow officers to see inside the home without having to send in personnel.

Louis Martin was treated and released from the hospital. LaFlower said the father was at the scene late Wednesday.

LaFlower said Louis Martin and Eric Martin lived together at the home. He said police previously had been called to the home.

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