December 22, 2014

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UPDATED: Man taken into custody after standoff in Eaton Township

Lorain County Sheriff SWAT team members move toward the home on Eaton Boulevard as they guide a robot. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Lorain County Sheriff SWAT team members move toward the home on Eaton Boulevard as they guide a robot. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Neighbors said they saw a man yelling on his front lawn with his 10-month-old son before he locked himself and his son inside their home for nearly six hours.

Multiple police departments, police dogs and an armored vehicle waited for hours outside the man’s house in the 12500 block of Eaton Boulevard before taking the man into custody about 9 p.m. Thursday.

It began about 3:30 p.m. when neighbors called police because they saw the 40-year-old man yelling on his front lawn with his son, said Capt. Jim Drozdowski of the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies saw the man take his son inside where he stayed, refusing to answer police or come outside.

Linda Bragg, right, talks on the phone to her son, who was holed up inside his home. At left is the man's brother.

Linda Bragg, right, talks on the phone to her son, who was holed up inside his home. At left is the man’s brother.

Though police don’t believe the man had guns in his house, Drozdowski said they were concerned about neighbors’ safety and called other police departments to the scene. Drozdowski said the incident might have stemmed from a dispute the man had been having with his neighbors.

“He’s non-confrontational,” said the man’s brother, Charles Bragg, saying that’s a possible explanation why he locked himself in his house.

Lorain County SWAT, an armored vehicle and police from Grafton, Avon Lake and Wellington arrived about 5 p.m.

“He’s never been in trouble before,” said Linda Bragg, the man’s mother. “I don’t think he’s even gotten a speeding ticket.”

Bragg said her son is a good father and a stay-at-home dad who “takes care of his baby.”

Despite police officials’ repeated attempts to contact the man, he turned up his music and refused to leave his house until his mother was able to reach him over the phone about 8 p.m.

“He said he didn’t do anything wrong,” Charles Bragg said.

About 9 p.m., Lorain County SWAT went up to the house and took the man into custody.

He was brought out of the house yelling, “Why are you doing this to a civilian?”

The man’s infant son was unharmed and the man was taken to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center for evaluation. He was not charged for the incident Thursday.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.