LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Residents at Fowler Apartments, at the intersection of Ferry and Fourth Streets in Lafayette, were surprised to see the SWAT Team pull up with dozens of officers Sunday morning.
"I was real surprised," resident Jim Whiteford said. "Stuff happens all the time downtown, but this is the biggest one we've ever had."
When Whiteford saw the police and heard a man may have been armed and holding his wife against her will in the building, he wanted to make sure his friends upstairs were okay.
"I went up there to see my girlfriend to see if she is alright and stayed with her because I didn't know what was going on," Whiteford said. "I didn't know if he was going to come out shooting or what."
Lafayette Police Sgt. Jay Rosen said when the call came in of a man who was possibly armed everyone they made their way to his apartment and then quickly evacuated everyone on the seventh floor.
"He was not answering his phone calls. He was not answering the intercom and being a barricaded gunman we thought it was appropriate to get the SWAT team out here," Rosen said.
Rosen said investigators found several guns and ammunition were found inside the apartment.
"The wife is alleging that the husband pulled a loaded shotgun on her," Rosen said. "There were allegations of two weapons being in the apartment."
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