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Man in custody after threatening to kill himself, officers during SWAT standoff in Springfield Township

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Posted at 7:02 AM, Oct 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-29 07:02:58-04

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A SWAT standoff ended with a 35-year-old Akron man hospitalized after he barricaded himself at a Red Roof Inn in Springfield Township where he threatened to kill police officers and himself, according to a release from the Springfield Township Police Department.

At around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, officers from the Springfield Township Police Department responded to the Red Roof Inn on South Arlington Road for a report of a distraught male.

A 35-year-old man told family members that he had a gun and bomb. He threatened he would kill himself and officers.

The man barricaded himself inside a room, where he continued to make threats of self-harm and to officers, according to police.

Metro SWAT responded and deployed pepper gas into the room, allowing officers to bring the man out of the room without injuries.

A firearm and other weapons were found in the room. The Summit County Bomb Unit responded and found no explosives in the room.

The 35-year-old man was transported to the hospital for a mental health evaluation. Police said charges are pending.