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7-Hour Iraq War Hero Standoff Ends Without Bloodshed

(MySpace Photo)
MySpace photo: Joseph Carrera.

NEW YORK (CBS/AP) A seven-hour police standoff with an armed Iraq War veteran has ended peacefully.

Police were called to the Lockerfield Gardens apartments at around 4 a.m. Tuesday, where they found a trail of blood and followed it to the apartment of Jason Carrera, 26, according to CBS affiliate WISH Indianapolis.

(MySpace Photo)
MySpace photo: Joseph Carrera.

IMPD Sgt. Paul Thompson said Carrera, who is a member of the Indiana National Guard and has served three tours in Iraq, was alone in the apartment but was armed with a rifle and a substantial amount of ammunition.

According to officer Lt. Jeff Duhamell, the soldier has had trouble adjusting to life after returning from Iraq and was undergoing counseling. Police told reporters that the past few weeks have been difficult for the soldier.

(MySpace Photo)
MySpace photo: Joseph Carrera.

On his MySpace page, Carrera writes, "For those who lived, we will always remember. For those who died, they will never be forgotten. For those who weren't there, they will not fully understand."

In addition to his experience fighting overseas, Carrera was recently the victim of a car-jacking and may be going through a divorce, police said.

"He was a victim of a car-jacking on the September 6. They took his truck and possibly hit him in the head with a ball bat. He's had some personal problems, possibly going through a divorce situation," Duhamell told WISH.

Officers evacuated residents from nearby apartments while they tried to get Carrera to surrender, which he did around 11:30 a.m. He was taken for a psychiatric evaluation after the incident.
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