HARRISON TWP., Ohio (WDTN) – Police took a man and woman into custody after an over ten-hour standoff.
The circumstances leading up to the standoff began in Kettering early Tuesday morning when police were called to a home on reports of a theft.
Two suspects took off in a car police believe was stolen and hit a Kettering Police cruiser while trying to escape. Police say that collision created a chase scenario, so officers backed off in order to keep other drivers safe.
Police tracked them to a home on Oneida Street and a K9 unit pinpointed the home where they were holed up.
Police say one suspect already has a felony warrant and a history of violence, so they set a perimeter, used a drone to survey the home, and called in the SWAT team.
They say there was very little communication with the man inside the home but the woman actually called 911 and was patched through to the negotiator on scene.
She eventually came out, but the man remained inside.
Later Tuesday afternoon, police decided to act.
“I just don’t know if he doesn’t believe that we’re going to not leave, or that we’re not going to cut off part of the house if we have to, but we obviously are. It’s a perfect ambush place for us, so those are all the things we have to take into account when we’re actually thinking if we should make entry into this home,” says Joe Ferrell, Public Information Officer with the Kettering Police Department.
Officer Ferrell says that unless there is a hostage situation, police will typically take their time in a standoff. He pointed to this suspect’s violent past and the uncertainty of whether he had a weapon inside the home as reasons why they did not immediately rush in.
Both suspects are facing felony charges.