Hours-long IMPD standoff ends with barricaded person in custody

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INDIANAPOLIS — A person is in custody after a more than 14-hour standoff involving numerous IMPD officers including the department’s SWAT team. IMPD became involved in the incident near the intersection of Todd Rd. and S. Sherman Dr. at approximately 5 p.m. Wednesday.

They were brought in to assist the the Marion County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies had been there since 1:30 p.m., trying to remove Wesley Cartwright, 39, from a home in the 3700 block of Valley Lake Drive.

Officials say it was on behalf of an active eviction order and protective order protecting the resident from Cartwright. Under the protective order, Cartwright was prohibited from legally possessing a firearm. 

Police on scene learned Cartwright made threats to kill police. He also had at least one firearm and had made threats to kill police.

Officers say Cartwright refused to comply with orders to exit the house for hours. At one point, he fired several rounds from at least one firearm including shooting at multiple police drones. 

No law enforcement officers discharged their firearms during this incident.  SWAT teams did use non-lethal tools in attempts to deescalate the situation.

About 14 hours since IMPD got involved and 20 hours since deputies showed up, officers found Cartwright in the home. He was wearing a t-shirt and ballistic vest.

Cartwright was taken to an area hospital for exposure to cold temperatures for several hours.

Cartwright was arrested for possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, criminal recklessness, wearing a ballistic vest during the commission of a felony. There may be additional charges.

A police spokesperson says the incident lasted this long in hopes it would be resolved through peaceful means.

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