Prairie Street standoff ends safely

NOW: Prairie Street standoff ends safely


ELKHART, Ind. – Police safely deescalated a standoff that occurred on Prairie Street Wednesday evening as officers tried to arrest a suspect with multiple warrants out of Elkhart County.

Elkhart Police have since identified that suspect as 48-year-old Darren Snyder.

Police say they received a tip at 4:26 p.m. that Snyder was at a home on the 1200 block of Prairie Street and that he had threatened to shoot any officers who approached him.

According to dispatch, officers arrived on the scene around 5:45 p.m. to serve those warrants at the home.

Officials say Snyder refused to cooperate with officers, so they combed through the home using cameras, K-9s, and chemical irritant.

"You know his family had the opportunity to cooperate and get him to cooperate, and he didn't want to cooperate with us, and you know we're going to do everything we can to make sure everybody's safe, and if that means throwing some chemical irritant in there to make sure we can locate where he is and that everybody's safe, then we're going to use that to our advantage," said Elkhart Police Sergeant, Chris Snyder.

Meanwhile, police closed down Prairie Street to traffic between Wagner and Park avenues in order to safely handle the situation.

Officers took Snyder into custody a little after 7:30 p.m. and subsequently cleared the scene around 8:00 p.m.

Elkhart Police have yet to release the specific charges on those warrants.

While their son sits in jail, Sgt. Snyder says Darren Snyder's parents will have to fumigate their home to get rid of the chemical irritant.

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