Updated: Tuesday, 29 Sep 2009, 6:12 PM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 29 Sep 2009, 5:28 AM EDT
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A 7-hour police standoff at an apartment complex near IUPUI ends peacefully.
Police were called to the Lockefield Gardens apartments at around 4 a.m. on Tuesday.
At around 11:30 a.m. 26-year-old Jason Carrera gave himself up. Police said Carrera was armed with at least one high power rifle with a substantial amount of ammunition.
When officers first arrived on the scene they found a trail of blood and followed it to the man’s apartment. Carrera told officers to stay away.
Police said Carrera is a member of the Indiana National Guard. The soldier is 26 years old and has served three tours in Iraq. He completed his last tour 8 months ago.
He's had trouble adjusting since he's been back. Definitely, post traumatic issues said IMPD’s Lt. Jeff Duhamell.
Police said the past few weeks have been difficult for the soldier.
“He was a victim of a car jacking on the September 6. They took his truck and possibly hit him in the head with a ball bat. He’s had some personal problems, possibly going through a divorce situation,” said Lt. Duhamell.
Several hours into the incident police began evacuating some of the apartments near Carrera’s.
“I wake up daughter and wife and took them to my friend’s apartment,” said Jawad Al Jumaiah, an apartment resident.
Police said Carrera had been drinking before the incident and may be suffering from a cut on his arm.
Negotiators were able to make phone contact with Carrera. Sometime around 11 a.m. the communication ended so police decided to use a new tool. They sent a remote controlled robot equipped into Carrera’s apartment.
The robot has a video camera and two way radio. With the robot inside, police discovered Carrera was asleep on a couch. Using the robot, they woke Carrera and convinced him to give himself up.
Paramedics took the soldier to Wishard Hospital for an evaluation. Police are holding him on a 72 hour detention. During that time they will determine if an arrest will be made and charges filed.
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