PIERCETON – Kosciusko County police arrested a North Manchester man at gunpoint after officers caught him breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s home with a gun.
Shortly after noon on Monday, deputies got a call about a possible burglary just west of Pierceton. They arrived at 6511 East Pierceton Road and found a shattered door to the home.
Moments later, a suspect identified as 38-year-old Troy Frieden left the home covered in blood and was held at gunpoint until arrested. Police say Frieden had two handguns on him.
Detectives said Frieden had apparently broken into the home through a garage entry door and sliced his hand. Once inside the home, Frieden fired one weapon into the engine compartment of his ex-girlfriend’s car that was parked inside the garage. He then went throughout the house looking for his ex-girlfriend, leaving a trail of blood. Police say Frieden broke several glass objects and fired rounds into two televisions. His ex-girlfriend was not home at the time or police say the outcome could have been traumatically different according to officers at the scene.
Frieden was initially taken to Kosciusko Community Hospital in Warsaw for lacerations before being taken to the Kosciusko County Jail. Detectives are seeking potential charges of felony burglary with a deadly weapon, intimidation with a firearm and criminal recklessness.
Winona Lake police and the Kosciusko County prosecutor’s office helped with the investigation.