Update: Suspect in NW Indiana barricade situation apparently shot himself


(GRIFFITH, Ind.)  A man who barricaded himself in a northwest Indiana home with a 6-year-old girl early Friday apparently shot himself to death, authorities said.

Police were called to a house in the 1000 block of North Jay Street in Griffith, Ind., at 1:41 a.m. for reports of a disturbance, according to a statement from Griffith police.

Officers saw a man with a gun inside the home with two other people, a man and a woman, police said. The officers requested backup and ordered the man with the gun to come out, but he refused.

The other two people were eventually released while the armed man remained inside, police said. Authorities then determined a 6-year-old girl was still inside the home with him.

The Northwest Regional SWAT team was called to the home, where they established but ultimately lost contact with the man, according to police. A tactical robot was deployed, and the SWAT team was able to locate and remove the girl from the home.

Officers later found the man dead in the basement with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

The Lake County Coroner’s office was called to the scene at 9:22 a.m. and identified the man as 32-year-old Don W. Lannin, who lived in the home. The manner of death had not been determined Friday afternoon.

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