Police resolve Thursday morning stand-off peacefully

Fort Madison police officials including from left to right, Det. David Doyle, Police Chief Mark Rohloff, and Capt. Bruce Niggemeyer work to resolve a standoff Thursday morning in the 3000 block of Avenue L. Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC


FORT MADISON – Authorities were called to a home in the 3000 block of Avenue L on Thursday morning on a report of a man who had barricaded himself inside.

At approximately 8 a.m., Fort Madison police were dispatched to 3027 Avenue L where a subject with weapons and ammunition had barricaded himself in his home prompting authorities to cordon off the entire block, including some of Bus. 61.

After a short stand-off, the man agreed to come out and speak with law enforcement officers, and the scene was cleared at about 8:50 a.m. without incident.

Fort Madison Police Chief Mark Rohloff said Caleb M. Ford, 20, was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor.

Rohloff said the incident didn’t involve someone possibly using weapons in a dangerous fashion. The man had barricaded himself in the room with the guns because they were his father’s, who had passed away years ago.

Fort Madison Police officers stand armed behind a home in the 3000 block of Avenue L Thursady morning at about 8:30 as law enforcement officers work to resolve the situation. Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC

“This was a low-level domestic call,” Rohloff said. “He had barricaded himself in his room with his father’s guns because his mom had said she wanted to sell them, but there was no threat to her or danger. He just didn’t want her to have the guns.

“But we get a call like someone’s barricaded in with guns that means something to us, so we set up a perimeter. But it de-escalated very quickly and he came out without incident.”

Police stood armed at several locations in the alley and around the home prior to Ford coming out.

Rohloff said there was some pushing and shoving and that’s what prompted the charges. Ford was taken to Lee County Jail.

Officials at Richardson Elementary School three blocks west of the scene were notified of the incident and the school was placed on a perimeter lockdown until the scene was cleared.

Fort Madison Police, Lee County Sheriff’s deputies and Fort Madison Fire & Rescue all responded to the incident.

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