Standoff in Wooster ends after almost 5 hours

WOOSTER, OH (WOIO) - Officers from the Wooster Police Department were dispatched to a home on Mulberry Street  just after 7 p.m. Friday night after they received a 911 call that disconnected.

When officers arrived, it seemed that the situation had been resolved.  Then just before 8 p.m. officers were dispatched again for another 911 call that disconnected.

Once on scene officers learned that the resident, Todd Wagner, 49 had forced his family to leave the residence while armed with a rifle.  Wagner was allegedly intoxicated at the time.

Officers then surrounded the residence and called for additional assistance including the Wooster Police Department's SWAT Team.  Additional officers and equipment were requested from other jurisdictions to provide additional security and assist in handling radio calls.

Since there weren't any phones in the residence, it was difficult to contact Wagner safely.

Assistance was requested from the Ohio State Highway Patrol's SRT unit who had an armored rescue vehicle in the area. By using the armored vehicle, officers were able to approach the house and make contact with Wagner who surrendered without incident around 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

There were no injuries.

Wagner was booked into the Wayne County Jail on charges of Domestic Violence and Using Weapons While Intoxicated.  A .22 caliber rifle was recovered from the residence.

Departments assisting in the incident by providing manpower or equipment included the Wooster Fire Department, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, The Ohio State University Police Department, the Orrville Police Department, and the Wayne County Emergency Management Agency.

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