Knox man arrested following standoff
KNOX — A Knox man apparently distressed about a failed relationship is being held in the Starke County Jail following a standoff with police that lasted almost six hours.
Jason Clark, 33, 1401 Corey Drive, is being held on preliminary charges of intimidation and domestic battery.
At 7:42 p.m. Monday, Sept 27, Knox Chief Clint Norem said Starke County 911 dispatchers received a call from a witness, saying Clark was in his backyard on the far east side of Knox, making threatening statements that he would harm others and himself.
When Knox and Starke County officers arrived at the location, they caught a brief glimpse of Clark. “Mr. Clark barricaded himself in his home and refused any further contact with law enforcement,” Norem said.
The Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team was called to assist with negotiations.
Police said that Clark was reported to be distressed over a failed relationship and work issues. “We got information he had attempted to harm himself and battered his domestic partner earlier,” Norem said.
Police then obtained a warrant, entered the house about 1:40 a.m. and arrested Clark without incident.
No one was injured and there were no weapons used.
This is the second similar incident local police have faced in a week. On Monday, Sept. 20, police apprehended an elusive armed man who had threatened to kill someone.