Battery between father, son results in standoff

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Fort Wayne police say one man is behind bars after a standoff early Tuesday morning.
FWPD officials say that officers were initially called to the 700 block of Valdosta Drive in reference to a domestic battery that had just occurred around 4 a.m.

Upon investigation into the situation, officials say it was found that there had been a battery between a father and son. The son was transported to a local hospital with injuries that were non-life-threatening but serious. There was a report of a gun being involved in the incident. Officers attempted to make contact several times but were unsuccessful.

Hostage Negotiators, Emergency Services and Air Support Units were called to the scene to assist in the situation. They continued to loud hail the subject over loudspeaker in an attempt to get Kenneth Lawless, 52, to surrender. He failed to acknowledge the calls or hails from officers.
A warrant was granted for the Lawless’s arrest. At that point in the situation, FWPD officials say EST deployed chemical agent into the home and immediately he surrendered to officers. A gun was recovered at the scene, but its use in the incident is not known. Lawless will be booked into Allen County Lockup for Domestic Battery Level 6 Felony, Domestic Battery.