July 23, 2014

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Man is dead after standoff in Brunswick

BRUNSWICK — A man who held off police for 30 hours is dead.

The standoff at a home at 1528 Jefferson Ave. ended about 7:30 p.m. Saturday, a police spokesperson said.

“The male suspect, age 39, is deceased as a result of gunshot wounds,” according to a prepared release from police.

“A woman in the home was reported injured and taken to Metro General Hospital,” the police spokesperson said. “No further information is being released pending notification of relatives.”

Although police declined to say whether the man died as a result of self-inflicted wounds or police bullets, a posting by a resident on the Brunswick police’s Facebook page suggested police had stormed the house: “The house was shot up.”

The state Bureau of Criminal Investigation was on the scene conducting an investigation.

The standoff began about 1:30 p.m. Friday in response to a report of a domestic incident.

A Brunswick police spokesperson said a phone call came in from a man who said his 39-year-old brother had gone to the home to assault his former girlfriend.

Officers found the front door broken in and barricaded and reported hearing a man and woman arguing. The man refused to come out and was reported to be armed.

The police SWAT team was called about 2:30 p.m. and some nearby homes evacuated and the street was closed south of state Route 303.

The police spokesperson did not know how many homes were evacuated.

A resident posted a message on the Brunswick Police’s Facebook page saying she “had to go pick up my son from school. They wouldn’t let any children get off of the bus over here.”

Contact David Knox at (330) 721-4065 or dknox@medina-gazette.com.