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Standoff with police in Youngstown ends peacefully

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Neighbors played a role in helping bring to a peaceful end, a Sunday afternoon standoff at a home in a usually quiet Youngstown neighborhood.

Youngstown police as well as officers from the Mahoning County Sheriff's Department, and Mill Creek Park police surrounded a home on Glacierview Drive Sunday afternoon after a 9-1-1 call came in reporting a shot had been fired inside.

Officers set up a perimeter and advised neighbors to stay indoors or in their basements.

"I believe they were family members. The subject's fiancee they stated it was nothing towards them. It was one shot fired into the floor and they evacuated the house.", said Detective Sgt. John Elberty, Commander of the Mahoning Valley Crisis Response Team.

With both women safely outside, police say there were concerns the person inside the home might try to harm himself. So members of the Mahoning Valley Crisis Response Team were called out.
 
"We have members of YPD SWAT team. We had Trumbull County deputies, Boardman P. D. has officers, Austintown, Warren City P. D. has a negotiator. Springfield; Their chief is on our team also. We had an FBI rep. here too in case.", said Detective Sgt. Elberty.

Repeated calls were made on a speaker, trying to get the man inside to come out, but those pleas went unanswered.


Police say a resident on the street was actually part of the solution.   The man holed up inside the home called a neighbor, and the neighbor handed the phone over to police. 

After a five minute phone conversation, the man walked out of the house with his hands in the air at 2:44 p.m., less than two hours after the ordeal began.

Elberty says the resident was  taken to a hospital for an evaluation. The gun was taken into evidence and the home and garage cleared.

"There are charges that will be looked at, but right now their main concern will be his mental state. There will be officers at the hospital with him and from the evaluation they go from there.", said Elberty.

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