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Standoff suspect formally charged

The man who police said was responsible for a six-hour standoff Saturday on Fort Wayne’s near-northwest side was charged formally Thursday with two felonies.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the ordeal on Hinton Street began about 7:45 a.m. when Jeremy C. Elder, 36, and his wife got into an argument after he called their daughter disparaging names.

His wife told police she threw a shoe at Elder, at which point he slammed her head into a nightstand before the argument spilled outside. Elder threw a brick at his wife’s head but she blocked it with her arm.

About 4:45 p.m., Elder returned home and his wife called police.

After several hours of attempts to get him to come out to talk with police – including the use of megaphones and flash-bang grenades – he finally emerged from the home about 10:30 p.m. and was arrested after police used a non-lethal device on him, police said at the time of the standoff.

Elder faces felony charges of criminal recklessness and domestic battery. He was released Thursday from Allen County Lockup after posting $5,000 bond.

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