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Two firefighters held hostage for hours in Lorain County

Authorities shut down part of the Turnpike for about an hour (Source: WOIO) Authorities shut down part of the Turnpike for about an hour (Source: WOIO)
SWAT on the scene of standoff situation (Source: WOIO) SWAT on the scene of standoff situation (Source: WOIO)
Two South Amherst firefighters were reportedly involved (Source: WOIO) Two South Amherst firefighters were reportedly involved (Source: WOIO)
LORAIN COUNTY, OH (WOIO) -

Two South Amherst firefighters were held hostage at gunpoint for two hours Wednesday night, before the situation ended peacefully.

Officials say eight South Amherst firefighters were called to a brush fire in the area near Hornyak Street and Quarry Road near the Turnpike around 6:30 p.m.

That's when officials say a nearby resident, who had been pacing and showing signs of irritation, came out of his home with a rifle and ordered the assistant fire chief and a lieutenant into the house.

SWAT, police and sheriff's deputies responded and began to negotiate with the man.

"He kept saying he wasn't going to hurt anyone. He said he wanted a beer and his psychotic meds, he wanted us to bring them to the woods," said Lt. Heath Tester with the Lorain County Sheriff's Office.

"The SWAT team was laying in my backyard. My wife told me she could hear them yelling at him. They wanted to know if that hostages were okay, he said that they were. But they wanted to hear them say they were okay and they yelled out that they were okay," said neighbor Lyle Bennett.

Officials have not said how the issue was finally resolved, but the firefighters were released after about two hours.

They were not seriously hurt.

Officials have not released the man's name or what charges he could face.

The Turnpike was shut down in both directions for about an hour of that situation. It has since reopened.

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