Peru man arrested following four hour police stand-off Friday

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PERU, Ind.— A Peru man was arrested Friday morning following a police stand-off on the west side of the city.

Blaine O’Neil was preliminarily charged with criminal recklessness with a firearm.

Officers responded to a report of gunshots fired at a house in the 300 block of West Second Street around 4:30 a.m. When they arrived, police said they observed a man inside the house, holding what appeared to be an assault style rifle.

Officers set up a perimeter and called in additional officers from Indiana State Police and the Miami County Sheriff’s Office. Hostage crisis negotiators attempted to communicate with O’Neil, but he did not respond.

Approximately four hours after officers arrived to the scene, the Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team made entry into the residence and took O’Neil into custody without incident.

“We appreciate the support and prayers given to our department and all officers involved,” said the department.

O’Neil was booked in the Miami County Jail.

Peru Community Schools canceled classes Friday due to the incident.