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Suspect in Struthers standoff apprehended

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STRUTHERS, Ohio -

Officers from several police agencies surrounded a home in Struthers this afternoon after a domestic argument spilled into a neighborhood street.

Police say a woman arguing with her boyfriend left her 8th Street home and went to a neighbors, where she called 9-1-1.

The first officer on the scene told 21 News that a man came out and began hitting his police cruiser with a stick.

The officer says he deployed his taser, but the suspect pulled the barbs out of his skin and went back into the house.

Police say they believe the suspect had a gun inside the home.

Struthers police called for assistance from several agencies including Campbell, Poland, Youngstown and the Mahoning County Sheriff.

21 News Reporter Andrew DiPaolo says four children were taken out of the home by police shortly after 6:00 p.m. following a loud boom sound in the area of the standoff. One of them was transported out of the home on a stretcher. 

Crews on the scene have confirmed that officers used a flash bang grenade, shortly before the children were taken from the home. 

The four children will now be evaluated, questioned, and rejoin their mother. 

Officers were inside the home, and cleared the basement and first floor of the home. Police were then seen firing tear gas into a second story window.

Struthers Police Chief Tim Roddy says the suspect was apprehended at around 7:00 p.m., nearly four hours after the ordeal began.

The man, who we know now as Shaun Dixon, is 37 years old and taken to a local hospital. He has prior run ins with police, and police confirmed he has some form of a mental illness. 

Stay with the 21 News for the latest on this developing story.

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