Man in Standoff Shoots Himself

Bloomfield Standoff
Bloomfield Standoff

[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?div_id=videoplayer-1365205746&height=510&page_count=5&pf_id=9626&va_id=4007394&width=480&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=480 height=510 div_id=videoplayer-1365205746 type=script]A man  held police at bay for four hours outside his home in Bloomfield Friday morning and eventually turned the gun on himself.

Police raced to the home of Kenneth Hamrick, 59, just after 7 a.m. to assist fellow officers.   Members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Special Response team attempting to serve a warrant out of Ashtabula for OVI and failure to control noticed something wasn’t quite right when they went to the door.

“He came to the door, they could see a gun, it was close by. They gave him some commands which he did not follow. He just looked at them, he retreated into the house. They tried to get in the door, they couldn’t, so they retreated out and took cover because of the situation and it became a barricaded situation,” said Capt. James Holt of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

For four hours, police tried to get Hamrick to come out peacefully through loudspeakers and the phone, but there was no response.

Holt said after hearing a gunshot, the Special Response team sent in a robot, which found Hamrick on the floor. Police entered and discovered Hamrick had shot himself in the head.

He was flown to St. Elizabeth Health Center and is expected to survive.

Neighbors said it was too close for comfort.

“We weren’t too sure if there were to be weapons fired if they would ricochet and come at the house or something. We really didn’t know,” said Nick Parrish.

Even though Hamrick lived in the state Route 87 home for about 10 years, neighbors said they knew nothing about him and didn’t even know his name.

“I have lived here for five years now, never even spoken to the guy. I have tried talking to him, but he would just run you off his property,” Parrish said.

Police said the investigation continues after they spent much of the day searching Hamrick’s home and property.  He could face more serious charges than the original misdemeanor.

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