Police rammed the entrance of a Hillyard building to end a seven-hour standoff with a machete wielding man.
Police say the man came at officers with a machete and a sledgehammer when they tried to arrest him for attacking his neighbor, then barricaded himself inside the Hillyard Skateboards store on East Diamond Avenue around 3 a.m.
The suspect, 39-year-old Glen Fisher, lived inside the business.
Fisher allegedly assaulted his neighbor living in an apartment complex next to the building. The victim fought off the attacker with a baseball bat, but he reportedly suffered some cuts from Fisher’s machete. Police arrived to find the victim bleeding and say Fisher charged at them when he saw the officers.
Before calling for the SWAT team, negotiators used a loudspeaker to instruct the suspect to come out of the front door with his hands in the air. He remained barricaded in the building for hours. He allegedly even used a mannequin in the business as a fake hostage. Police say Fisher yelled out statements like “help me” to make police believe a second person was in the building. There was never another person in the business with the suspect.
Police say they gave him multiple chances to come outside until finally using tear gas and a vehicle to slam into the business’s door.
“It could have been a lot worse. A lot worse, actually. The door isn’t too big. I can put plywood on it for now,” Hillyard Skateboards owner Will Burris said when he exclusively talked to KREM 2.
Fisher was taken to a hospital to be evaluated. Police say he had likely used some sort of substance and appeared to have mental issues. Fisher does have a criminal record, which includes resisting arrest.