Five Hour Huntington Standoff Ends Peacefully

"They Handled It A Lot Better Than They Do In The Movies"

By Megan Trent

August 8, 2010 Updated Aug 8, 2010 at 6:52 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - An armed standoff in Huntington Saturday night that lasted more than five hours ends peacefully just before midnight. Indiana's NewsCenter was there as police took the suspect into custody.

Police aren't releasing all the details yet, and rumors continue to swirl around the man who allegedly threatened to harm himself if anyone entered his home.

Around 6:30 Saturday evening police officers began securing the area surrounding a white house at 807 Henry Street in Huntington.

"We got evacuated around 6:30," said neighborhood resident Justin Harmon. "We've been here for quite awhile."

Another Huntington resident, Dean-O Reinier, recounted his experience when first arriving on Henry Street. "They were trying to keep everyone back for the most part. When we first walked up the road they told us to stay on the other side of the road to try to cut down any casualties that may happen."

An officer told us to stay out of the line of site of anyone inside the home. But soon, more than one hundred people began crowding around the police barricades.

"Everybody's just waiting to see what happens. It's been awhile," said Huntington resident Carissa Arnett.

Tammy G. Reed was one of the many people who came to see why dozens of police vehicles were swarming around the neighborhood. She owns a child care center, Tammy's Tots, in Huntington. "I was just curious about what's going on in our neighborhood."

It didn't take long for before rumors began to swirl.

"He won't come out and he has guns. And I heard he has hostages. And I heard he has an assault rifle. And I heard he has a meth lab in his basement," said Harmon.

"I think it's a situation about his kids. Not being able to see his kids. I mean, that would aggravate any parent," said a local resident who wanted to remain anonymous.

"I heard that there was a meth lab and the cops are just trying to keep it under control," said Arnett. "And there's a hostage."

"I wanted to try to see what the real story was so we actually sat over here for a little bit and watched it," said Reinier. "They were yelling at the guy to call 911, stuff like that. I don't know if he responded to them or not, but that's about all I saw."

At one point police detonated what looked like a concussion grenade, which puts off a flash and makes a loud noise. At 11:55 p.m. a man police had been calling Daniel Garretson gave himself up to police, bringing to an end hours of hard work by Huntington and Fort Wayne law enforcement teams.

"I'm glad it all resolved without anybody getting hurt or anything," said the anonymous resident.

"I think they're doing a good job here tonight," echoed Reed.

"I'm happy. I'm glad. Glad that he should get put away now. I should sleep better tonight knowing that he's out of here," added Harmon.

"It was really interesting to watch how they handled everything in real life. We see it in movies, how they handle it in movies," said Reinier. "They handled it a lot better than they do in the movies."

Most residents said this was anything but a typical Saturday night in Huntington.

"This is weird. It's nothing normal," said Harmon.

"I just don't want anybody basing this on Huntington being bad, because it's not. That's only an isolated incident," the anonymous resident said.

Reed disagreed, saying increased drug use leads to more events like Saturday's. "Here in Huntington, more so than what used to go on," she said.

Police are still investigating a battery incident involving Garretson from earlier Saturday. Although Garretson is in custody tonight, he'll remain the topic of conversation in Huntington for quite some time.

About those rumors... many remain rumors as of Sunday. Police still aren't releasing all of the specifics, but Indiana's NewsCenter will bring you the information as soon as we track it down.

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