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Standoff winds down in Menards parking lot

BAZETTA — Bazetta police and other safety forces were called Monday night to the parking lot of the Menards store for a man refusing to cooperate with police orders.

Menards and nearby Cole Valley Cadillac were locked down during the incident that lasted more than an hour.

A 911 report states around 8:15 p.m. a man stopped in a vehicle by police, in the parking lot off Elm Road, was failing to comply with orders to show his hands.

A crisis response team and a police dog were called in.

Officers advised Menards management to lock doors as they dealt with the situation. Motorists were also asked to avoid the area.

Reports indicate police had the man at gunpoint as he was not showing his hands and not complying — with his left arm reported still inside the vehicle.

The man told police he was suicidal and asked police not to make him do anything stupid, reports state.

Other police agencies and the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Howland police were brought in to assist.

A second man in the passenger seat of the car got out and got on the ground.

Police got his identification and found two arrest warrants, so he was taken into custody by Niles police also on the scene.

The police dog was called off once the man in the driver’s seat was in custody.

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