Standoff in Nappanee diffused; man charged

NAPPANEE - A man has been taken into custody after an alleged domestic violence incident in which the use of a gun was threatened.

According to a report from the Nappanee Police, at 9:50 p.m. the police received a call about an intoxicated male subject that was allegedly assaulting a female subject outside of a residence in the 1000 block of Meadows.

The caller also advised that the male was armed with a firearm. Upon arrival, officers were met outside by a female who advised police that her husband, Gary Mettert III, had gone inside the residence and was looking for his revolver.

No one else was in the residence, according to the woman. According to the police report, neighbors at the scene told police that Mettert had threatened that he was going inside to retrieve a firearm to kill them as well.

Officers tried multiple attempts to reach Mettert inside the residence but were unsuccessful, according to the report.

Officers established a perimeter around the residence and the Elkhart County Emergency Services Unit was contacted to attempt to persuade Mettert to surrender peacefully. After numerous attempts to reach Mettert by phone and the PA system were unsuccessful, multiple less lethal gas canisters were deployed inside of the residence.

After a period of time, Mettert, surrendered peacefully, police said.

Mettert was charged with Domestic Battery, Resisting Law Enforcement and Intimidation. He was transported to the Elkhart County Jail.

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Good thing for Barnys boys!! What would have happened if someone drunk at home would have found his revolver!? Nothing was mentioned about a drone. Why no drone??

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