APPLE CREEK, OH (WOIO) - The Apple Creek Police Department called the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office for assistance with a suicidal man with a handgun behind a downtown business at 10:48 a.m. Sunday morning.
Sheriffs say officers, deputies, and the Ohio Highway Patrol spent the next 34 minutes attempting to calm the man down as he threatened to harm himself with the gun while telling authorities they were going to have to “shoot him.”
As the man roamed about the downtown Village of Apple Creek area, he approached one of the responding deputies, according to sheriffs.
The deputy told the man to stop and drop the handgun multiple times, but the man kept walking towards the deputy until he was less than 40-feet away, all while telling the deputy to shoot him, sheriffs say.
According to sheriffs, the deputy then fired one round from his rifle to stop the confrontation and stuck the man.
Emergency medical responders transported the man to the Wooster Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead, sheriffs say.
Although his identity is being withheld pending family notification, officials confirm the man was a 60-year-old Apple Creek resident.
Sheriff Travis Hutchinson says, “My deputies respond to suicidal individuals almost daily and have a long history of getting these people the medical help they need without arrest. In this case, the deputies did all they could to obtain help for this man. Sadly this the man not only refused this help but placed the responding law enforcement officers and members of the public in danger while making threats towards their safety.”
Sheriffs confirm the deputy has been placed on administrative leave while the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation continues the investigation, per standard protocol.
No other information is being released until Monday morning.