A Norwalk man accused of threatening to kill his wife was transported to a Toledo psychiatric hospital after police were forced to subdue him with a pepperball gun.
Larry W. Boggs, 56, of 28 Grand Ave., was charged with domestic violence and aggravated menacing. He was arrested after about a 10-minute standoff with the Norwalk Police Department in a bedroom Friday.
"He wanted the officers to shoot him," Sgt. Jim Montana said about Boggs, who was armed with a steak knife with a 4 1/2-inch long blade.
Boggs reportedly got off the bed and threatened police with the knife, Montana said, which forced officers to use a pepperball gun and pepper spray on him.
"If we hadn't done that, we would have been justified to shoot him," he said referring to situation known as "suicide by cop."
Montana said a pepperball gun is the equivalent of a high-powered paintball gun, which shoots marble-sized pellets and results in a non-lethal combination of pain and incapacitation.
"It would be the same type of application as pepper spray or a Taser," he said.
Police were summoned to 28 Grand Ave. at 4:19 p.m. and arrived four minutes later. Boggs was holding a knife to his 54-year-old wife and threatened to kill her, Capt. Dave Smith said.
"As officers arrived, the wife was able to escape the bedroom when the dispatcher asked to speak with the husband on the phone," Smith said.
"Officers confronted the subject -- (who was) still in the bedroom and still armed -- who threatened to kill them with the knife. The man also demanded they not enter the room and leave the room immediately," he wrote.
Police were at the scene for about one hour and 45 minutes.
After the incident, North Central EMS transported Boggs to Fisher-Titus Medical Center for the treatment of minor injuries, which police said was from the impact of the pepperballs. A mental health professional evaluated the man and he later was transported to the Northern Ohio Psychiatric Hospital.
The victim, according to Smith's report, was reluctant to sign the domestic violence packet. Montana said the woman was not injured.
Police sent the report to the Norwalk Law Director's Office for the consideration of charges.