December 20, 2014

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Wadsworth standoff ends peacefully with surrender after 4½ hours

Police position themselves outside the Lincoln Manor Apartments on Pardee Street in Wadsworth where a man was involved in a standoff with authorities Monday. (Photo courtesy of Bob Monschein)

Police position themselves outside the Lincoln Manor Apartments on Pardee Street in Wadsworth where a man was involved in a standoff with authorities Monday. (PHOTO COURTESY OF BOB MONSCHEIN)

WADSWORTH — A 4½-hour police standoff ended peacefully Monday night after an armed man who had barricaded himself inside his Lincoln Manor apartment surrendered.

“After several hours of negotiations, fortunately he decided to surrender peacefully,” Wadsworth Police Chief Randall Reinke said. “At this point, he is being taken to a Veterans Administration Hospital for evaluation.”

Reinke wouldn’t say which hospital the man was taken to and declined to identify him, except to say he was 52 years old.

The standoff began at about 6 p.m., Reinke said, when police responded to “a call from a man who said he was going to kill himself.

“When officers arrived on the scene, he was standing on his balcony waving a gun around.”

The chief said that as officers approached, they saw a woman in the apartment, whom the man allowed to leave.

Reinke did not identify the woman, except to say that she was not the man’s ex-wife.

The apartment complex at 195 S. Pardee St. in downtown Wadsworth was not evacuated. Residents could be seen sitting on balconies watching the action.

A standoff negotiator from the Medina County Sheriff’s Office was seen approaching the apartment at about 7:30 p.m.

SWAT team members equipped with battering rams and pickaxes were seen approaching the north side of the apartment complex at about 8:40 p.m.

Paul Rybak, a resident of Lincoln Manor, said he knew the man and did not think he was a violent person.

“I don’t know why all of a sudden he just snapped,” Rybak said. “This is not his normal behavior.”

Rybak said the man, whom he knew only as Dave, was a veteran who is battling cancer.

Other residents said they overheard the man shouting, “Give me my children; give me my children.”

Rybak said the man hasn’t seen his children in 10 to 15 years.

Contact reporter Andrew Davis at (330) 721-4050 or adavis@medina-gazette.com. Follow him on Twitter @adavisreports.