Hostage situation at Gateway Motel on near northwest side ends peacefully

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Lafayette Road was closed on the near northwest side Wednesday after police responded to a hostage situation at Gateway Motel on the near northwest side.

Tracy Lloyd

Just after 4:45 p.m., police were dispatched to the Gateway Inn located in the 1700 block of Lafayette Rd. to assist parole officers.

Police learned that the suspect, identified as 44-year-old Tracy Lloyd,  threatened to shoot his girlfriend and officers if they came in. The Parole officers immediately backed away and called for assistance.

Police then called in the full assistance of IMPD's SWAT team. Negotiators, with their training and experience, were able to secure the release of the female. A short time after the female was released, Lloyd surrendered peacefully.

"This was a very long and intense negotiation that happened over the last four hours," Officer Jim Gillespie said. "We cannot thank our SWAT negotiators enough for the deliberations that they had to turn this situation into something that looks very volatile and could have met a very violent end to where he released the female and then later gave himself up."

The female did not appear to have any injuries. A search warrant was obtained and police located the gun inside the room that Lloyd was using.

He was arrested for his parole violation and was preliminary charged with confinement, pointing a firearm, possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and interfering with the reporting of a crime. He was later transported to the Arrestee Processing Center for booking

Police say Lloyd is a person of interest in at least five armed robberies in Fort Wayne and the surrounding areas. They believe these happened within the past two weeks.