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Indy Officer Surrenders After 4-Hour Standoff



An Indianapolis police officer who sparked a standoff Tuesday after he threatened to kill himself in a park on the city's north side surrendered peacefully after four hours.

The incident began before 9 a.m. at Tarkington Park, near the intersection of Illinois and 40th streets, and stretched into the early afternoon.

Sources told RTV6's Jack Rinehart that the Northwest District police officer reported for work Tuesday morning and became distraught after a conversation with his girlfriend before going to the park.

Police began looking for the officer and found him on foot in the middle of the park. His car was found nearby.

SWAT negotiators had been speaking with the officer on the phone. He could be seen standing on a knoll in the park.

Streets in the area were blocked off, paralyzing the neighborhood. Roads were blocked along Meridian Street from 38th to 42nd Street.

The officer who sparked the standoff was once a Marion County sheriff's deputy, sources told Rinehart.

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