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  • Brewster standoff ends peacefully after six hours

  • A nearly six-hour standoff ended peacefully shortly after 2 p.m. Friday.
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  • A man who barricaded himself inside a home and threatened to kill himself surrendered to police after a six-hour standoff Friday.
    "We're very, very happy it turned out this way," Brewster Police Chief Harry Porter said shortly after he and members of the Canton SWAT team negotiated for the armed man to give himself up. "He was taken out of the home peacefully with no problem."
    The 50-year-old Fayetteville man was staying with his sister, who called 911 after he fired shots inside the home.
    "There is a lot of stress going on right now, some family issues," said Sgt. Chris Hummel of the Navarre Police Department, describing the scene around 1 p.m.
    Police were called after the man fired two shots inside his sister's home in the 300 block of Second Street SW just before 8:30 a.m. Friday. The man had come to his sister's home because he was distraught over family issues, said a family friend who was in the house when the shots were fired. The man found his sister's handgun and ammunition and went into the basement with his sister. She fled up the stairs after her brother fired a shot. The man fired another shot by the time she reached the top of the stairs, the family friend said.
    The sister and her friend feared the man had shot himself and called 911 around 8:30 a.m. The friend said he called out to the man who answered: "He said, 'Don't come down here,'" according to the family friend.
    "He must have shot both bullets into the floor or into the wall," said the friend.
    Police wearing protective jackets and carrying large shields entered the home in an effort to negotiate with the man. Power company workers from Brewster Electric cut off the electricity. Around 12:15 p.m. a SWAT member went into the house with a fire extinguisher.
    The man's sister was escorted inside on multiple occasions to try to talk to him. His wife and daughter arrived on the quiet block in a State Highway Patrol trooper's cruiser around 2 p.m. Porter said they helped "put the finishing touches" on negotiations with the man, who was taken to an area hospital for evaluation.
    Porter said the man suffered no physical injuries. Brewster Police Capt. Keith Creter said criminal charges may be filed against the man, but he declined to give specifics.
    Police from Brewster, Beach City, Wilmot and Navarre worked with the SWAT team to resolve the situation.
    The Fairless School District notified parents through the school's emergency phone system and by email as a precautionary measure, Superintendent Broc Bidlack said. Classes, however, were not impacted.

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