LAKE COUNTY, Ohio (WOIO) – A 57-year-old man was shot dead by Lake County Sheriff’s deputies after pointing a gun at them early Tuesday morning outside a house in Leroy Township, the county sheriff said by Lake Frank Leonbruno.
Sheriff Leonbruno said deputies were called to the Leroy-Center Road home around 3 a.m. when the man called 911 and said he was going to kill someone.
When MPs arrived they said the man was holding a 60-year-old woman at gunpoint.
The deputies managed to convince him to release the woman.
Once released, the woman told MPs the man came to her house and confronted her about their relationship, then stabbed her repeatedly.
Her name is not disclosed and she is now being treated at a local hospital.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team were called to the scene and they talked for hours to the barricaded man.
Sheriff Leonbruno said he refused to come out and appeared in windows and in the garage armed with a long gun and pistol, often pointing him out the window.
He could also be seen and heard smashing windows and pouring what appeared to be gasoline into the house, Sheriff Leonbruno said.
At around 9 a.m., the man started setting fires inside the house and then entered the backyard with a gun in his hand and his finger on the trigger, the sheriff said.
According to Sheriff Leonbruno, the man did not put down the weapon, so deputies fired at him with non-lethal bullets.
As the man still refused to lower the gun, MPs fired in self-defense, Sheriff Leonbruno said.
The man, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at Tri-Point hospital.
The incident is still under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, the Lake County Arson Investigation Unit and the BCI, the Ohio Criminal Investigation Bureau. .
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