Fri 2:31 p.m.: UPDATE 7: Bloomfield standoff suspect alert despite gunshot wound to head

YOUNGSTOWN – Investigators said the man who held police at bay for more than four hours today at his North Bloomfield residence is alert at a local hospital despite the self-inflicted gunshot wound he suffered.

Ohio State Patrol Lt. Brian Holt that initially he did not expect Kenneth B. Hamrick, 59, 2766 Kinsman Road N.W., North Bloomfield, to survive.

“But at this point it looks like he will,” Holt said.

Hamrick was transported by helicopter to St. Elizabeth’s Health Center after shooting himself in the head, troopers confirmed. Law enforcement officials had negotiated with Hickman, who barricaded himself in the home after police came to serve him with an arrest warrant for an outstanding OVI charge.

State Route 87 in North Bloomfield was shutdown at about 7 a.m. after law enforcement became involved in a stand-off with the man inside his home.

Officials said a special response team task force was serving the misdemeanor warrant at his home between state Route 45 and state Route 534, when he came to the door with a gun.

Officers took cover and the man barricaded himself in the home, officials said. Negotiators and an armored truck were called. Officials said after four hours of negotiations, they heard a gunshot and sent a remote-controlled robot with a camera inside the home.

Holt said the man was found unresponsive after he shot himself. Holt said OSP had planned to withhold Hamrick’s name until notifying family because troopers thought he wasn’t going to survive.