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Veteran who fired at ground outside Ravenna VA Clinic was dealing with relative's death, police say

Posted at 9:45 AM, May 04, 2022

RAVENNA, Ohio — A 64-year-old Army veteran who fired a single shot from his shotgun into the ground outside the Ravenna Veterans Affairs Clinic building on North Chestnut Street Wednesday admitted he was dealing with a recent death in the family, Ravenna police said in a news release.

The clinic initially said it was closed due to an “emergency situation,” and patients were asked to not come to the clinic today as local police investigate, according to the clinic.

Officers responded to the clinic, located at 6751 North Chestnut Street, where an armed individual, identified as a 64-year-old Ravenna man and army veteran, fired a single round from a shotgun into the ground outside the clinic.

A VA officer saw the man fire the weapon and immediately placed the building on lockdown.

Subsequently, Ravenna High School was placed on lockdown and traffic on North Chestnut was rerouted away from the clinic.

Police said officers and a SWAT negotiator were able to de-escalate the incident involving an individual who appeared in distress. The standoff lasted about an hour and a half.

The armed man did not threaten officers or anyone else. He surrendered without incident to the Ravenna Police Department.

He later admitted that he was dealing with a recent death in the family and was in crisis, police said.

There were no injuries.

Police said he was immediately transferred to University Hospitals to "receive necessary assistance."

There are currently no charges.

Patients were called to re-schedule their appointments today, the clinic said.

Any person with additional information about this incident is encouraged to contact The City of Ravenna Police Department 330-296-6486.

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