Howland standoff ends in arrest

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Witnesses said they heard the officers trying to get someone to come out of the house

HOWLAND Twp., Ohio (WYTV) – A man was taken into custody following a standoff Friday in Howland that lasted nearly four hours.

Crews from multiple departments and a crisis response team converged about 5:49 a.m. on a house on Orchard Avenue.

A woman called 911 and said that 24-year-old Ronald Butler kidnapped her daughter and threatened them with a gun.

When police arrived at the house, the victim had just pulled up in a vehicle and told police that Butler had come home about 5 a.m. and was upset. She said he “threw her around the house” and broke her cell phone.

The woman said Butler also smashed the windows out of her SUV.

As police were talking to the woman, they say Butler came out on the front porch, but as officers approached, he went back inside and locked the door. At one point, he came back outside and got into an argument with the woman, her mother and another family member, according to the report.

After that, Butler went back inside the house and refused to come out, at one point shutting all the lights off, police said.

Officers said they could see movement inside the house and heard Butler moving items near the door.

Dozens of police vehicles lined Orchard Avenue, and the street was shut down for nearly four hours.

A Crisis Response Team was called and after speaking with negotiators, Butler surrendered.

Investigators say there was concern that Butler had a weapon.

“He refused officers’ commands to come outside the house. Due to officer safety, at that point, we backed off, surrounded the house, and we called out the CRT team,” said Howland Police Chief Nick Roberts.

He was booked into the Trumbull County Jail on charges of domestic violence and inducing panic. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday.

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