Man dies following standoff


By Kyle Shaner - kshaner@sidneydailynews.com



A Sidney Police officer runs to take up position across the street from the house, left, where a person was reported to have a gun on Wednesday, Nov. 6.

A Sidney Police officer runs to take up position across the street from the house, left, where a person was reported to have a gun on Wednesday, Nov. 6.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Law enforcement holds a planning session near the scene of a standoff on Wednesday, Nov. 6.


Kyle Shaner | Sidney Daily News

An armored Piqua vehicle arrives near the scene of the standoff Wednesday afternoon.


Kyle Shaner | Sidney Daily News

Sidney Police officers wait behind a home next door to the house purported to have someone with a gun on Wednesday, Nov. 6.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

A Sidney Police officer takes up position across the street from where a person was reported to have a gun on Wednesday, Nov. 6.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

An aerial view of the area by the Shelby County Fairgrounds and the area around the three Sidney City Schools shows police vehicles blocking the streets from traffic.


Photo courtesy From Above Aerial Ohio

A Sidney Police officer runs to take up position across the street from the house, left, where a person was reported to have a gun on Wednesday, Nov. 6. The Sidney-Piqua Tactical Response Team responded to an active situation Wednesday afternoon around the Shelby County Fairgrounds on Fair Road. Various streets were blocked in conjunction with the situation. According to Sidney City Schools Superintendent Bob Humble, Emerson Primary School and Sidney Middle School were under lockdown because of the situation. The high school was not under lockdown. “When we dismiss, we are not letting any walkers go home until the situation is resolved at any of the three buildings,” Humble said. Parents were allowed to pick up the walkers at the school if they chose to do so.


Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

SIDNEY – A man died following a standoff with the Sidney and Piqua Tactical Response Teams and the Allen County Bomb Squad that lasted approximately five hours Wednesday afternoon in Sidney.

With the aid of an Allen County Bomb Squad robot, law enforcement officials reported just before 6 p.m. that they observed the deceased suspect in a house on the 600 block of Fair Road.

“The end result is we did have one loss of life of a potential suspect of a domestic incident,” Sidney Police Chief William Balling said from a staging area at the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency, approximately a quarter mile from the scene of the standoff. “We’ll be reviewing that throughout the night and we’ll be reviewing that actually probably through the next couple days.”

SWAT team members from Piqua arrived in Sidney at approximately 2:20 p.m. to join Sidney’s officers on the scene. Almost two hours later law enforcement fired gas rounds for the first time.

Additional gas rounds were fired around 4:40 p.m., shortly after which the Allen County Bomb Squad arrived on the scene. About one hour later a bomb squad robot breached a door of the residence and soon thereafter the death of the suspect was reported.

The suspect, who is thought to have been the only person inside the house, appeared to be armed with a rifle, Balling said.

“While I do feel bad that there was a life lost today, I feel very proud and glad that nobody else got injured,” Balling said.

The Sidney Police Department received assistance from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and Sidney City Schools as they worked to divert traffic when nearby schools let out for the day.

“It was a huge help here on Fair Road when school let out from the middle school and high school with a very high volume of traffic with walkers and cars,” Balling said.

Police also received assistance from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Sidney Fire and Rescue, Dayton Power & Light and phone companies.

“Unfortunately it’s still a traumatic event that somebody did lose their life today,” Balling said. “We’re very thankful for the entire community, Sidney Schools for taking care of their kids and diverting traffic and the whole neighborhood for all the inconvenience that we had.”

A Sidney Police officer runs to take up position across the street from the house, left, where a person was reported to have a gun on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2019/11/web1_standoff-5.jpgA Sidney Police officer runs to take up position across the street from the house, left, where a person was reported to have a gun on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Law enforcement holds a planning session near the scene of a standoff on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2019/11/web1_GetAttachmentThumbnail-1-2.jpgLaw enforcement holds a planning session near the scene of a standoff on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Kyle Shaner | Sidney Daily News

An armored Piqua vehicle arrives near the scene of the standoff Wednesday afternoon.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2019/11/web1_PiquaPolice-2.jpgAn armored Piqua vehicle arrives near the scene of the standoff Wednesday afternoon. Kyle Shaner | Sidney Daily News

Sidney Police officers wait behind a home next door to the house purported to have someone with a gun on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2019/11/web1_DSC_0835-2.jpgSidney Police officers wait behind a home next door to the house purported to have someone with a gun on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

A Sidney Police officer takes up position across the street from where a person was reported to have a gun on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2019/11/web1_DSC_0895-2.jpgA Sidney Police officer takes up position across the street from where a person was reported to have a gun on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

An aerial view of the area by the Shelby County Fairgrounds and the area around the three Sidney City Schools shows police vehicles blocking the streets from traffic.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2019/11/web1_Standoff-2-1.jpgAn aerial view of the area by the Shelby County Fairgrounds and the area around the three Sidney City Schools shows police vehicles blocking the streets from traffic. Photo courtesy From Above Aerial Ohio

A Sidney Police officer runs to take up position across the street from the house, left, where a person was reported to have a gun on Wednesday, Nov. 6. The Sidney-Piqua Tactical Response Team responded to an active situation Wednesday afternoon around the Shelby County Fairgrounds on Fair Road. Various streets were blocked in conjunction with the situation. According to Sidney City Schools Superintendent Bob Humble, Emerson Primary School and Sidney Middle School were under lockdown because of the situation. The high school was not under lockdown. “When we dismiss, we are not letting any walkers go home until the situation is resolved at any of the three buildings,” Humble said. Parents were allowed to pick up the walkers at the school if they chose to do so.
https://www.sidneydailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2019/11/web1_SDN110719Standoff-2.jpgA Sidney Police officer runs to take up position across the street from the house, left, where a person was reported to have a gun on Wednesday, Nov. 6. The Sidney-Piqua Tactical Response Team responded to an active situation Wednesday afternoon around the Shelby County Fairgrounds on Fair Road. Various streets were blocked in conjunction with the situation. According to Sidney City Schools Superintendent Bob Humble, Emerson Primary School and Sidney Middle School were under lockdown because of the situation. The high school was not under lockdown. “When we dismiss, we are not letting any walkers go home until the situation is resolved at any of the three buildings,” Humble said. Parents were allowed to pick up the walkers at the school if they chose to do so. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

By Kyle Shaner

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Reach the writer at kshaner@sidneydailynews.com or 937-538-4824.

Reach the writer at kshaner@sidneydailynews.com or 937-538-4824.