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Standoff ends peacefully in North Ridgeville

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    North Ridgeville police and Lorain Count SWAT were dispatched to a house on Poplar Street in North Ridgeville on Sunday afternoon.


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    Members of the Lorain County SWAT team use the parking lot of Liberty Elementary School as a staging area Sunday afternoon after they were dispatched by North Ridgeville Police to respond to a welfare check on Poplar Street in North Ridgeville.


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    North Ridgeville Police department and the Lorain Count SWAT team were dispatched to a call on Poplar Street in North Ridgeville Sunday afternoon after North Ridgeville Police received a call from a family member of the resident to perform a welfare check. It was reported that a resident on the street had weapons in the home and was dealing with personal and possible mental health issues.



NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Local police and Lorain County SWAT were involved in a four-hour standoff Sunday on Poplar Street after police were performing a welfare check and the resident showed a firearm, according to a report.

The police were dispatched to the home at 11:25 a.m. at the request of a family member, but police said the resident became uncooperative and showed the firearm. A SWAT negotiator ended the incident peacefully after speaking briefly with the resident by phone, the report said.

North Ridgeville Police Chief Michael Freeman said no charges were filed against the resident. He also said the department called in SWAT only as a precaution for the safety of the neighborhood.

“Obviously, this is more of a mental health/medical issue,” he said. “Like I said, we take it slow here and obviously we want him to go willingly with the squad and get the help that he needs.”

After negotiations, the resident was taken to a hospital for an evaluation. Police left the scene about 4 p.m.

The incident is under investigation.

Contact Bruce Walton at (440) 329-7123 or bwalton@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @BruceWalton.

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