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Man involved in Coventry Twp SWAT situation dies

Posted at 9:26 AM, Dec 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-28 09:26:12-05

A man involved in a SWAT situation that shut down a Coventry Township road for hours on Sunday has died, according to the Summit County Sheriff's Office.

The Summit County Sheriff's Office said on Sunday around 3:30 p.m. the wife of a 32-year-old man, identified as Ryan Perkins of New Franklin, called police to report her husband was walking around outside with a rifle in his mouth. 

Several Summit County Sheriff's deputies responded to the home in the 3900 block of East State Street with armored trucks. When they arrived, Perkins was inside the home with his wife and daughter. He made threats to harm himself as well as threats to law enforcement officials. 

A few deputies were able to gain entry into the home while other officials tried to keep Perkins' attention. The wife and daughter were then taken to a safe location. 

The sheriff's office was not able to communicate with Perkins during the incident. Around 7:40 p.m., a SWAT team entered the residence. Perkins was found on the couch with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.