VIDEO: Man in police standoff dances on roof in Indianapolis

Posted at 11:24 AM, Oct 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-20 13:02:14-04

A man who barricaded himself inside a house in Indianapolis, and later danced on the roof, was taken into custody by police Monday morning.

Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to a house on the 3500 block of Layman Ave. around 10:30 a.m. for a barricaded subject.

Police say a man, later identified by authorities as Matthew Russ, 25, stole his ex-girlfriend's keys from her house, took her car and crashed it into a pole. 

Police say they found Russ in a chair in the driveway holding a knife.

He then went into the house and onto the roof with the knife in his hand. An IMPD officer then fired rubber bullets at him, and he retreated back into the house.

Around 11 a.m., smoke was seen coming from the house, leading to the fire department being called to the scene.

Russ came back out as a detective tried to talk him off the roof. He threw his knife at the ground, but didn't leave the roof. 

Russ then began dancing on the roof with smoke and flames behind him. Police went in the aerial ladder, tased him, then took him into custody at around 11:40 a.m.

For exclusive video of the suspect dancing of the roof of the house and of police using a stun gun on him, click the video player above.

Police say the man is known to have anger issues. He was smiling as he was taken away on a gurney.
Police originally said he may have had a hostage in the house, but that is unclear.


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