Suspect in standoff suffers from mental health issues, family says

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A suspect was arrested and hostages were rescued after an hours-long standoff in Dayton Friday.

Authorities could be heard making requests earlier in the day for the man to come out with his hands up.

At the scene, the man’s family said he is in need of help.

The shots were fired around 11 am in the 400 block of Briarwood Avenue in Dayton. No one was hurt, but residents in the area were being asked to stay away from windows for safety as they waited for the man to surrender.

Crews including SWAT, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and police from Kettering, Moraine, and Centerville responded to the scene.

RTA buses were brought in to help evacuate nearby residents if need be, and parts of Smithville and Radio Roads were temporarily shut down.

Jazmen, the cousin of the barricaded man, says she believes a serious mental health problem is at the root of the hours-long standoff.

“It’s a mental health problem. If he was medicated, this right here would have never happened,” she said.

His brother Jamichael adds, “He has problems. He’s a serious case. It’s nothing funny, this has been going on for a long time and I want him to get help.”

The family says they made police aware of his mental health issues.

Family says they had only been in contact with the man through social media.

“We just watched a live video of him since he’s been in there, and he stated on the video that ‘If someone were to come and shoot at you in your home, what are you going to do?’” Jazmen said.

His family simply hoped their loved ones would come out of the situation safely.

“The biggest thing is, we need him to come out of that house safe. If they have to take him into custody, we understand that, but we need him to be alive, him and his family,” said Jazmen.

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