Police Standoff, Teen Suicide In Arcola Apt. Building (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

By Emma Koch - 21Alive
By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

February 27, 2014 Updated Feb 27, 2014 at 4:49 PM EDT

ARCOLA/FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- The man who was found dead in an Arcola apartment building following a police standoff Wednesday, has been identified as 19-year-old Tanner Dennis.

The Allen County Coroner has ruled that the manner of death was a suicide from a gunshot wound to the chest

Fort Wayne Police say it all began at the S&V Liquor store near Illinois and Scott Road around 1:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Police say a man wearing a camo jacket and Grim Reaper mask came in and robbed the store, then drove off in the red flatbed truck. Police did not say if the man was armed.

Police say the red flatbed truck was found later parked next to the post office on the 11400 block in downtown Arcola. Authorities say there are apartments above the post office.

It was around 3:30 p.m. when FWPD and the Allen County Sheriff's SWAT Team were called to the scene.

"Negotiators came out from our department. SWAT Team also came out. We had a good reason to believe that the suspect who was involved in the robbery at the S&V Liquor off Illinois Road earlier today was holed up in this apartment complex,” said Cpl. Jeremy Tinkel with the Allen County Sheriff's Department.

After a couple hours of trying to communicate with the suspect, the SWAT Team broke into the building.

When the SWAT team finally entered the apartments they found Dennis dead, but authorities say they don't know if he is the suspect or even someone related to the robbery.

The Johnsons live only a couple blocks from where it all happened.

"I was at work when I got the phone calls saying that there was a guy barricaded in the apartment buildings and that I'd have to go all the way around the block and pick up the kids because the school bus wouldn't come into town. They had a lockdown,” said Gary Johnson.

Johnson’s eldest son, Dillon, 18, said he and his brother, Derrick, 13, were on the school bus home when they heard about the incident.

"Everyone was so alarmed because it just started out oh maybe there’s just construction going, and then it turned out the guy robbed the liquor store. Even our bus driver didn't know. We'd only heard through texts and from parents,” said Dillon.

“I was kind of, not scared, but I was just like what was that guy thinking?” said Derrick.

Johnson says the town of Arcola is no stranger to this kind of action.

"It never ever actually happens right here, it's like they run here. Like it's a safe haven, but it's not,” said Johnson.

Allen County Sheriffs say the Allen County Coroner will release the name and cause of death, later.




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