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.