SPRINGFIELD TWP.: What started with the report of an armed man in the woods Thursday morning ended about six hours later with the 41-year-old man’s suicide.
According to police the incident unfolded like this:
Police responded to the Spring Hill area for a man with a gun near a wooded area.
Officers knew they man. They tried to talk to him two days earlier in connection with a sexual battery investigation, but he ran. Police didn’t specify if he was a suspect in the investigation.
The Beacon Journal is not naming the man because the newspaper generally doesn’t name those who kill themselves.
On Thursday, the man told family members he was suicidal.
Police scoured the area on foot, with dogs and in police vehicles. Township police, the Metro SWAT team, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Lakemore Police, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and Akron police were all involved.
The man apparently hid from authorities most of the day. But about 3 p.m., when authorities drew near to a construction trailer on South Cleveland Avenue, they heard a gunshot and discovered the man had shot and killed himself.
Officers fired no weapons, and no civilians — who were advised to stay in their homes and away from the are throughout the ordeal — were injured.
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