ELYRIA – It is being described like a scene from a movie.
Heavily armed police officers surround a home with their weapons drawn, waiting out a man who would not come outside. A police standoff with a man wanted on a warrant ended peacefully Saturday afternoon, but it was a tense situation for neighbors who watched the drama unfold and walked away with differing opinions.
According to neighbors, police went to the home of 33-year-old Russell Everett to make the arrest shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday. Numerous officers came to the home on the 600 block of East Avenue and attempted to get the man to peacefully surrender. Everett eventually came out of the home with his hands up, was handcuffed and walked to the police car.
In the eyes of Wesley Hance-Hill, a 26-year-old man who admits he has a checkered past with law enforcement, the standoff was too much. He estimates 20 to 25 police officers surrounded the small two-story home as well as lined the street.
They had shotguns and automatic weapons trained at the home, he said. Hance-Hill said he was even thrown to the ground and threatened with arrest.
“They were everywhere, and when I say everywhere, I’m talking about this street was filled with like 18 police cars,” Hance-Hill said. “I was in my garage when I get a frantic call from my wife telling me the police was surrounding the house. I walked out of my garage toward the front of my house looking for my wife and 4-year-old daughter and I was slammed on the ground by police, telling me I was obstructing their business.”
Hance-Hill said he knows Everett and suspects the incident involved a woman he has a child with. But his biggest worry was what police could do to his friend.
“Because of that situation that happened on the west side, I told him to come outside butt naked just so they can’t say he had a gun and shoot him,” Hance-Hill said.
The incident he was referring to happened on West River Road North on July 15. A man called 911 and said he had shot his wife and was planning to shoot himself. Police went to the home and confronted William King, 50. King was shot and killed by police, who say they fired in self-defense.
Everett’s father, Rollin Everett Jr., said as police were outside the house he got a phone call from his son. He was scared because numerous officers were outside.
The elder Everett said he raced to the home on East Avenue, hoping to talk to his son.
“The police came to his house and overacted,” he said. “What they did here was uncalled for. My son would have come out the door if one officer would have just knocked on the door.”
The elder Everett said he knows his son has a record, but at some point his past shouldn’t be used against him. Everett was released from prison in 2009.
“But he got himself together, is working, paying his bills and trying to see his daughter,” Rollin Everett said.
David O’Brodo, 65, lives across the street from Everett and said that while he didn’t know why police would want to arrest his neighbor, he believes they have a dangerous job that sometimes calls for what others would perceive as excessive.
“I came outside and there were cops here and then there were more cops,” O’Brodo said. “They had their guns out, but I don’t know what was going on over there. I trust Elyria police. They have to stay on top of all of this stuff.”
O’Brodo said he thought of another situation when he saw the police — the fatal shooting in March 2011 of Elyria police Sgt. James Kerstetter, who was shot and killed when he went to a home on the south side to answer a call about a neighbor dispute.
“It’s dangerous out here for cops,” O’Brodo said. “I don’t blame them for having their weapons out, especially when cops are getting shot.
O’Brodo’s wife, Sharon O’Brodo, said she and her husband were told to stay back by police.
“But I think there were just trying to get people away from have less people around,” she said. “They were just trying to do their jobs.”
A police report of the incident was not available Saturday night.
Jail records indicate Everett is being held on a domestic violence warrant. He is being held without bond in the Lorain County Jail with a court date set for Monday.
A search of Elyria Municipal Court records shows Everett has arrests for various crimes including felonious assault, trafficking in drugs and having weapons under disability, which is a charge for convicted felons who are caught with a gun. He has been convicted through Lorain County Common Pleas Court on charges that include abduction, felonious assault and kidnapping.
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