Standoff suspect accused of firing at police, using children as human shields

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  A Dayton man is in custody after police say he used his small children as human shields during a standoff with officers. 

The standoff lasted more than 10 hours, beginning with a domestic disturbance call around 10:00 p.m. Tuesday.

The 911 call came from a couple at a house on Elsmere Avenue, near Salem Avenue, who claimed they were arguing because the woman wanted to leave the man and take their kids.

“Me and my girl got domestic problems and I just can’t do it no more,” the man told dispatchers.

The woman was also heard on the call saying the man was loading a gun and threatening violence.

She said, “He’s trying to do a Mexican standoff with officers… I do not want him to get shot by officers because he’s acting stupid.”

When police arrived at the home, the man began firing at officers with both a rifle and a handgun. Investigators also received reports the suspect may own other weapons, including a sniper rifle.

Police returned fire on the suspect until he started using his 8 month old and 2 year old children as human shields.

Dayton Police Major Joe Wiesman explained, “The children actually were place up in front of the suspect at times, when he would come to a window or a door. We believe that was done to prevent officers from firing on him or do what was necessary.”

Both Dayton and Montgomery County SWAT teams set up a perimeter south of Salem Avenue on Elsmere and Malvern Avenues before evacuating neighbors.

A hostage negotiation team then spent more than 10 hours calming the suspect and building rapport before he eventually surrendered before 9:00 a.m.

“It’s always our goal to get voluntary compliance,” said Major Wiesman. “Sometimes it takes longer than others, but we were ultimately able to achieve that.”

No one was injured during the standoff. The children and mother escaped safely.

Police arrested the suspect on several charges, including domestic violence, felonious assault and other charges related to the standoff. He is currently in custody at the Montgomery County Jail.

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