Warren Twp. man arrested; Police seize 49 guns

Eugene W. Kelly

WARREN TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – Police arrested a man in Warren Township early Friday morning after he told police he was ready to have a “shoot-out” with them because he was tired of life, according to a report.

Warren Township Police took Eugene Kelly, 71, into custody without incident this morning after making threats to end his life in a police shootout. Family members told investigators that he suffers from dementia.

Police received a call warning of a situation at a home on Eagle Creek Road Thursday night in which a suicidal man had firearms.

Family members said a fight between Kelly and his wife escalated, with Kelly sitting on the porch with a gun.

Before officers arrived, Kelly took off down the road armed with a gun.

His wife met police at the door and let them clear the home, removing 48 other guns for safekeeping.

Everything was resolved without incident, when officers found Kelly shortly after 5:30 this morning. He admitted to needing help, telling them he’d had enough.

“When a person has impairment in their cognitive functioning, they’re going to have very impulsive behavior,” Susan Bancroft with Co-Occurring Treatment Program Recovery by Meridian said. “People will start to recognize that their life is different now and they will become hopeless and when we get to a place of feeling so hopeless that we don’t have options, that’s unfortunately when suicide joins the option.”

Trumbull County Sheriff Thomas Altiere said he is in favor of taking weapons from those with mental disorders.

“When they start getting dimentia and um unable to take care of their self and stuff, the weapons should automatically be taken away from them,” Altiere said.

This wasn’t the first instance this summer where an elderly man was waiting for police, gun in hand. In mid-July, police killed Charles Crandall in a shootout at his Southington home.

“That guy came out on the porch, started shooting at us, so you have nowhere to go, the only alternative you have is to shoot back,” Altiere said.

Authorities have not filed charges in the case but continue to investigate.

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