Huntington Standoff Comes With Hefty Price Tag But No Charges

By Megan Trent

August 9, 2010 Updated Aug 9, 2010 at 7:24 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The Huntington man at the center of a six hour stand-off with police Saturday evening will likely not face charges from the incident, but Huntington police say he will face battery charges for striking an elderly man in the face earlier that same day.

The altercation happened after police say 50-year old Dan Garrison drove the wrong way on a one-way-street just before noon. Police say Garrison called his son in the military later that day, threatening to harm himself and anyone who tried to stop him. The son alerted police, and neighbors also called in saying Garrison had put up police tape around his property and had hung a note on his door that confirmed the son's account of Garrison's actions.

Police responded, and a six hour standoff followed. Garrison turned himself over peacefully just before midnight. Police did not find any weapons at the scene. Garrison was taken to a Fort Wayne hospital for mental evaluation.

Huntington Police Chief Tom Emely says the funds required for an incident of this magnitude are extensive and come out of the police budget. That means Fort Wayne and Huntington law enforcements teams are left with the bill.

"There was a lot of resources from numerous departments there, so it's hard to put an exact dollar amount on, but yes, it was probably a very considerable amount of money," Emely says. "But to that person's family, no cost is too great. And we certainly believe that too."

"When talking about the support he's received since the standoff, the Police Chief was noticeably emotional. "It's really great. You know, it's difficult times right now and sometimes people don't really like the police until they really need them, and I think this kind of shows them that's what we're here for."

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