By EILEEN MCCLORY
A man was arrested on aggravated menacing charges after threatening suicide during an eight-hour standoff with authorities Wednesday night.
The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office deputies were sent to a wooded area near Hancock County 191 and Ohio 103 in Amanda Township, northeast of Mount Blanchard. Hancock County deputies responded last night at about 9:23 p.m. on a report of a Findlay man threatening to commit suicide or “suicide by cop,” said Sgt. Matt Kinsinger at the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.
The man was in possession of an automatic handgun during the incident, the sheriff’s office said.
A hostage negotiator first tried to establish contact with the man, but negotiations broke down, Kinsinger said. After that, Hancock County called in the Wood County and Hancock County Emergency Response teams.
The two Emergency Response teams used two armored vehicles, one owned by Hancock County and the other by Wood County, to approach the man, who was in a truck in the area. They established contact with the man through a loudspeaker.
The Upper Sandusky Police Department also sent the sheriff’s office their drone, as the Hancock County Sheriff’s drone was not available, Kinsinger said. The drone provided support as the teams approached.
The standoff ended at about 5:45 a.m., Kinsinger said, when the man surrendered.
Those struggling with thoughts of suicide should contact the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. Or they can also contact the local crisis hotline number at 1-888-936-7116.