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Man wearing ballistic vest arrested following 14-hour standoff at south side home

Police said Wesley Cartwright made threats to kill officers, was wearing a ballistic vest and armed with at least one firearm.
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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department announced Thursday morning that a 39-year-old man barricaded in a south side home was taken into custody after a standoff that lasted more than 14 hours.

Sometime before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, a suspect, later identified as Wesley Cartwright, sheltered inside a home in the 3700 block of Valley Lake Drive, near the intersection of Todd Road and South Sherman Drive.

IMPD said the Marion County Sheriff’s Department had been trying to get tCartwright out of the home since 1:30 p.m. due to an active eviction order and protective order the resident had obtained against Cartwright.

From Wednesday evening into Thursday morning, IMPD was working with the SWAT team and other law enforcement agencies to detain Cartwright, who had threatened to kill officers, was wearing a ballistic vest and was armed with at least one firearm. Police said Cartwright qualified as a serious violent felon.

During the incident, IMPD said Cartwright fired multiple shots from inside the home, including shooting at multiple police drones. However, no officers fired their weapons, IMPD said Wednesday evening.

Officers found and arrested Cartwright Thursday morning shortly after 8 a.m. Police said he was wearing a T-shirt and ballistic vest.

Cartwright was taken to a hospital for treatment of possible hypothermia.

He was arrested for possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, criminal recklessness and wearing a ballistic vest during the commission of a felony.  

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