ELYRIA – A suicidal man turned violent and threatened to fight 10 police officers late Monday evening.
Tony Hale, 40, was charged with assault on a police officer, having weapons while intoxicated and two counts of intimidation. His father, Bobby Hale, 68, was charged with obstructing official business, resisting arrest and two counts of intimidation. Both were charged after an incident around 11:30 p.m. at Tony Hale’s house on 193 Spruce St., Elyria.
The incident began around 11 p.m. when officers responded to a call that Tony Hale was making suicidal threats. When two police officers went into his house, they saw a drunken Tony Hale holding a large caliber handgun, Elyria Police Capt. Chris Costantino said.
Police called for backup immediately, and 10 officers arrived and circled the house.
Inside, police and Tony Hale’s father, Bobby Hale, tried to convince him to put the gun down but Tony Hale refused, instead yelling at officers and saying he thought police would shoot him if he wasn’t armed, Costantino said.
When Tony Hale put the gun down, he walked out onto the porch, stripped off his shirt and sweatpants and said he could “take police’’ and punched an officer in the face, Costantino said.
Another officer used a Taser on Tony Hale, who fell to the ground as a result. Bobby Hale, who was standing on the porch during the assault, responded by making threats toward the officers, police said.
“I think (Bobby) thought his son had been shot,” Costantino said.
Tony Hale was taken to EMH Elyria Medical Center for an evaluation following the incident. Bobby Hale, meanwhile, has a court date on Sept. 30.