July 25, 2016

Partly cloudy

Wadsworth police apprehend ‘suicidal’ man

WADSWORTH — Police said they apprehended a “distraught, suicidal man” who barricaded himself inside his home Wednesday night in the 400 block of Tulip Trail.

The 34-year-old city man apparently made serious threats to injure himself and family members, according to a police report, but officers were able to “talk the subject peacefully out of the residence” at approximately 8:30 p.m. after a 90-minute negotiation process.

Multiple firearms were removed from the home, said Lt. Rob Wyrick, who noted the situation was deemed serious.

The man was alone inside the house, Wyrick said, and there were no injuries to the man or to officers.

Deputies from the Medina County Sheriff’s Office assisted Wadsworth police at the scene, he said.

Wyrick was not certain Thursday whether criminal charges would be filed against the man, who he declined to name.

“We’re not sure if the investigation will rise to the level of charges,” Wyrick said.

The man was taken to Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital for a mental evaluation and treatment, the police report said.

The incident remains under investigation, Wyrick said.

Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.