Police responded to a caller who said he was being threatened by his brother, according to a police dispatcher. Lorain County Sheriff’s Office deputies and the Lorain County SWAT team surrounded the area around the shed and blocked off portions of Robson Road. An armored personnel carrier was brought to the scene but wasn’t used Monday, according to Grant Koba-Nelson, a civilian who operates the vehicle. Chief Deputy Dennis Cavanaugh said around 12:30 a.m. that negotiations with the man, who he didn’t identify, were continuing.
Some residents were kept out of their homes, including Susan Rowe who lives next to 11851 Robson Road.
Rowe said police told her it was too dangerous for her to go to her house because the man might have a gun. Other neighbors said police told them the man had a shotgun.
Rowe and other neighbors said the man in the standoff lives in the shed after being kicked out of the house by his father.
“He’s just a pain,” Rowe said of the man. “(His) dad lets him stay there and everybody else wishes he didn’t.”
Resident Andy Carlson said he saw the man walking to and from a nearby deli around 4 p.m. Monday and didn’t notice anything unusual. However, neighbors said police occasionally had been called to the home since 2010, and the house has an unusually high number of cars that visit it.
Next-door neighbor Theresa Buyer said she has known the man all her life and he has been troubled since he was a child. Buyer said the man “went downhill” after his mother died of cancer around 2006.
Buyer, who sat in a neighbor’s garage after being kept from her home by police, said she hoped the standoff would end peacefully and wished the man the best.
“He desperately needs help,” she said. “I don’t know why he isn’t getting it.”