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October 5, 2013

Peru man arrested after standoff with police

Blaine O'Neal faces a felony criminal recklessness charge in the incident.

PERU — A 45-year-old Peru man held police at bay for several hours early Friday after police went to his home to a report of shots fired.

State police took the call at 4:30 a.m. and converged on the home of Blaine O’Neal.

Upon arrival, the first officer on scene saw Blaine O’Neal through the window, according to Indiana State Police Sgt. Tony Slocum. O’Neal was holding what appeared to a rifle.

The officer called for backup, set up a perimeter and evacuated area residents. Negotiators with the Miami County Sheriff Department and ISP attempted to make contact with O’Neal, but were unsuccessful, Slocum said.

The standoff continued until shortly before 9 a.m., when the Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team police made entry into the home. No injures were reported.

Police found evidence of shots fired in the home, Slocum said.

Blaine now faces a felony charge of criminal recklessness with a firearm.

Also assisting the Peru Police Department was Miami County Emergency Management and Dukes Hospital EMS.

Slocum said it’s believed O’Neal has multiple weapons and police are seeking a court order to retrieve them.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor. Earlier in the morning, Slocum said, an officer from Peru Police Department noticed O’Neal sitting on the sidewalk and appeared to be intoxicated. Because O’Neal wasn’t causing a nuisance, the officer drove him home as a courtesy.

Officials at Peru Community Schools canceled classes today as the scene unfolded.

Superintendent Chuck Brimbury said police initially advised him to delay school two hours as a precaution.

When officers thought the emergency wouldn’t be wrapped up before 10 a.m., Brimbury decided to cancel school completely.

“We can’t have kids waiting at bus stops if there’s an emergency going on,” he said.

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