By Mark Taylor

Gardner Police arrested a white male in his 20s on April 7 following a stand-off that lasted nearly

Police block off part of a Gardner street during a nearly seven-hour standoff on April 7. Staff photo by Amy Cunningham


seven hours in Gardner.   The man’s name was not released pending charges of assault and obstruction.   Ilena Spalding, public information officer for the Gardner Police Department, said the standoff began about 1:30 p.m. in a duplex in the 100 block of N. Cedar Street following a domestic disturbance call.   A woman was transported from the residence by ambulance with minor injuries stemming from an assault.

Police evacuated the area surrounding the duplex and tried for several hours to make contact with the male subject.   They attempted to contact him by phone and also cut electrical power to the duplex.   After using a robot, a camera and tear gas, police failed to find the man.   A thermal imaging camera was sent in just before the man was found hiding in the attic at about 8:20 p.m.   He was uncooperative while taken into custody, and checked out by medics.   Assisting Gardner police in the stand-off were Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies, SWAT team, and Johnson County Fire District No. 1.