SPRINGFIELD TWP. The man Springfield Police say was a threat to public safety in the Spring Hill area of the township died Thursday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The 41-year-old man, Danny J. Hunka Jr., was being sought by authorities in connection with a sexual battery investigation. Officers initially went to question Hunka on Tuesday and he fled on foot with a firearm, according to a news release from the Springfield Police Department. A search of the area with K9s and aircraft came up empty and heavy patrols were enacted in the area and a BOLO (Be on Lookout) reports were sent to surrounding agencies.
Family members, according to police, say that Hunka made suicidal statements prior to his fleeing.
Earlier today, police say Hunka returned to the Spring Hill area and officers, along with METRO SWAT, responded and Hunka was eventually located inside a construction trailer in the area of South Cleveland Avenue (Route 532). According to the news release, Hunka shot himself once he realized officers found his location. There were no rounds fired by officers and no civilians or officers were injured.
Police said Hunka was armed and dangerous and had warned area residents Thursday to lock their doors and to report any suspicious activity to 911.
In addition to METRO SWAT, Springfield officers were assisted by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Lakemore Police Department, the Summit County Sheriff's Office and Akron Police Department.