By VIRGINIA SHANK
NORTH BLOOMFIELD - A Friday morning standoff between law enforcement and a Kinsman Road man ended when the man shot himself in the head.
Ohio State Patrol Lt. Brian Holt, commander of the Warren Post, said that initially he did not expect Kenneth B. Hamrick, 59, 2766 Kinsman Road N.W., North Bloomfield, to survive.
Holt said Hamrick, who had held police at bay for more than four hours at his residence, was alert later in the day at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown despite his wound.
"At this point, it looks like he's going to make it," Holt said Friday afternoon.
Hamrick was transported by helicopter to St. Elizabeth's after shooting himself, troopers confirmed. Law enforcement officials had negotiated with Hamrick, who barricaded himself in the home after police came to serve him with an arrest warrant for a failure to appear on an OVI charge and a failure to properly control his vehicle.
State Route 87 in North Bloomfield was shut down 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 Hamrick came to the door with a gun.
Officers took cover and the man barricaded himself in the home, troopers said. Negotiators and an armored truck were called to the scene. Holt said after about 4 1/2 hours of negotiations, police heard a gunshot and sent a remote-controlled robot with a camera inside the home.
Holt said Hamrick was found unresponsive after he shot himself. Holt said OSP had planned to withhold Hamrick's name until notifying family because troopers "didn't think he was going to make it."
Investigators said they plan to confer with the Trumbull County Prosecutor's Office to determine what, if any, charges would be filed against Hamrick in connection with the standoff.