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Man arrested following standoff at hotel

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Police evacuated part of a Greenwood hotel during a standoff with a man who barricaded himself in a room and threatened to shoot officers.

Police arrested Geoffrey Albert Lacava, 32, 715 N. Gladstone Ave., Indianapolis, after a three-hour standoff Sunday that ended after officers shot tear gas into his room, charged in and shocked him with a Taser.

People staying in the rooms on either side of Lacava’s room at the Red Carpet Inn-Fanta Suites, 1117 E. Main St., were evacuated. Lacava blocked the door to his second-floor room with a mattress and furniture and said he had a rifle and would kill officers if they tried to get into his room, according to a police report. Police were concerned that if he started shooting, bullets might go through the walls.

The standoff occurred about 3:15 a.m. Sunday, after police received a call from Lacava’s ex-girlfriend, who said he tried to break into her apartment in the 1200 block of Carson Way. He then slashed the tires on three cars in the parking lot with a knife and left, the report said.

Lacava went to the hotel, where he was staying, and threatened over the phone to kill the clerk at the front desk, the report said. The clerk called 911 and left the office.

Police talked to Lacava over the phone to try to get him to come out of the room, but he repeatedly hung up the phone, Greenwood Police Department Assistant Chief Matt Fillenwarth said.

The county SWAT team was called and opened the door enough to shoot in about a dozen pepper balls, which release a powder into the air that is stronger than tear gas, Fillenwarth said. Lacava broke two windows to try to air out the room, and police then fired tear gas canisters through the broken windows, Fillenwarth said.

Lacava went into the bathroom to try to get away from the tear gas, and officers came into the hotel room. He continued to fight officers, and police used a Taser to shock him, the report said.

Lacava did not have any guns, but police found a knife, Fillenwarth said. He was arrested on charges of residential entry, intimidation, criminal mischief and resisting law enforcement. He was taken to the Johnson County jail, where he was being held on $12,000 bond.

No other businesses in the area were closed or evacuated during the standoff, and no one was injured, Fillenwarth said.

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