August 22, 2014

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No charges to be filed in wake of Monday’s standoff in Wadsworth

A Medina County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team officer walks toward the Lincoln Manor Apartments on Monday evening during a 4 ½ hour standoff between police and a man barricaded inside his apartment with firearms. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

A Medina County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team officer walks toward the Lincoln Manor Apartments on Monday evening during a 4 ½ hour standoff between police and a man barricaded inside his apartment with firearms. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

WADWORTH — Police said they will not charge the man who barricaded himself in his Lincoln Manor apartment Monday.

“This is more of a mental health call because the only behavior was directed at self-harm,” police Lt. Robert Wyrick said. “He is getting the help he needs through the Veterans Administration.”

A Medina County sheriff’s negotiator talks with a resident during Monday’s standoff in Wadsworth. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

A Medina County sheriff’s negotiator talks with a resident during Monday’s standoff in Wadsworth. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

Wyrick said the man did not commit any crime during the 4½-hour standoff with special units of the Wadsworth Police Department and the Medina County Sheriff’s Office.

Wyrick declined to identify the 52-year-old man, who surrendered peacefully at about 10:30 p.m. Monday.

The man has no previous criminal history and led a quiet life, Wyrick said.

“This guy is not a frequent flyer,” he said.

Wyrick said he did not know what branch of the military the man served in or anything about the man’s personal life.

During the standoff, residents heard the man screaming “give me my children, give me my children.”

One resident, Paul Rybak, said the man was battling cancer and hadn’t seen his children in 10 to 15 years.

Wadsworth police responded to a call from the man about 6 p.m. after he told dispatchers he was going to kill himself.

When police arrived, they learned there was a woman inside the apartment with the man, but she was released.

Police did not evacuate the apartment complex and some residents watched the action from their balconies.

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