Negotiator talks about hostage ordeal

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — The man who helped peacefully end Wednesday night’s hostage situation at the Trumbull County Jail said although an officer hopes he never has to put his training into action, he is grateful for that training.

Warren Police Lt. Jeff Cole said he simply did what he was trained to do.

“You choose your words very carefully based on your training, based on the situation,” Cole said.

Cole is not saying what finally ended the situation, but did talk on Thursday about how he felt when it was over.

“Grateful. It was a grateful feeling, Cole said.

He said he talked to all of the inmates involved, but mostly spoke with David Martin. He was also able to talk to Officer Joe Lynn.

“He was calm. He did a fantastic job to be in the situation he was in. I had the opportunity to meet him when it was over,” Cole said.

While Cole was negotiating the safe release of Lynn, law enforcement and negotiation teams from all over the Valley were working behind the scenes. Cole said it was a team effort, but he just ended up being the one on the phone and is not a hero.

“That was compassion for that officer who found himself in a situation and I just tried to do everything I could to get him out unharmed, the rest of the responding officers unharmed and the inmates themselves unharmed. That was nothing heroic,” Cole said.

Cole has basic and advanced training for situations like the one on Wednesday. He is part of the Mahoning Valley Crisis Response team and said what happened will likely be worked into the next training session.

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