Police: suspect in standoff used children as human shields

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — A suspect is in custody after a standoff that lasted more than 10 hours in Dayton overnight.

Police and SWAT surrounded a house on Elsmere Avenue, near Salem Avenue just after 10 p.m. Tuesday. Authorities say they received reports of a domestic dispute between a man and a woman.

In a 911 call, a man and woman admitted to arguing. The woman said the man had a gun and was threatening to get in a standoff with police.

The woman also said the man was upset, claiming she was going to take his children. The woman also claimed the man had assaulted her.

When police arrived at the scene, the man inside the house began firing shots at officers.

Police say the man had a rifle and a handgun. Family members said the man might also have a sniper rifle.

Officers initially returned fire, but stopped when the man began using two small children inside the home as human shields. Police say the children were two years and eight months old respectively.

SWAT and a hostage negotiator were called to the scene. A robot was deployed as well as authorities worked to get the man to surrender.

The suspect surrendered just before 9 a.m. Wednesday.

No one was injured.

Police say the suspect is likely to face several charges, including felonious assault and domestic violence.

Authorities say several homes near the scene were evacuated during the standoff. Once the suspect was taken into custody, people were allowed to return to their homes.

Several surrounding roads were closed during the standoff. All roads have since reopened.

Police say the two children were returned unharmed to their mother, the suspect’s wife.

Dayton SWAT and Montgomery County Regional SWAT, as well as several medics assisted the Dayton Police Department at the scene.

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