Man barricades himself, threatens to shoot police

Cary Ashby • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Authorities sent the Norwalk Police Department special response team (SRT) to Key Drive for a man who barricaded himself in his home Wednesday and threatened to shoot police.

The suspect left his mobile home shortly after SRT members used a form of pepper spray. Capt. Dave Light, in his report, said officers found no firearms in the 43-year-old man's home and the suspect was not injured. He is not being named because he wasn't charged with a criminal offense.

Authorities took the man into custody and transported him to Fisher-Titus Medical Center, where he was medically cleared and evaluated by a mental health professional. He later was transferred to Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky. A spokeswoman said there was no listing for the Norwalk man this morning.

"We're not charging him with anything," said Capt. Jack O'Neil, explaining that the hospital simply wanted the man to be evaluated.

At 11:47 a.m. Wednesday, a mental health professional from Firelands Counseling & Recovery Services requested an officer check on the well-being of the man. Firelands employees were concerned because the man "apparently had been having difficulties and they felt he needed to be evaluated," Light wrote.

When officers arrived, the man locked the door to his mobile home and ordered them off his property. Police then applied for and received a detention order from the probate division of Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Officer Dave Ditz and Light came back to the man's home about 4:50 p.m. The man, who was standing near the street, "ran toward the door of his home ... as soon as he observed the police vehicles," Light wrote.

"Officer Ditz knocked at the front door. (The man) immediately began yelling obscenities and ordering us to leave. Officer Ditz tried to calm him down by telling him we only needed to talk to him," Light continued.

"(He) then began yelling, 'Get the (heck) off my property or someone is going to get shot.' He was chanting, 'Kill the police, kill the police' over and over again," Light said. "At one point, he said he had a bullet for us and he had 'warned us for the last time.'"

Police, for safety purposes, evacuated the occupants of the two mobile homes on either side of the man and the person sharing the other half of the man's unit.

Officers conferred with Norwalk Law Director Stuart O'Hara and decided to employ the SRT since the man posed "a serious risk to harm" to himself as well as his neighbors and "has been known to have weapons," Light wrote.

The last officer cleared the scene at 7:20 p.m.

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