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UPDATE: Identity Released In Fatal Standoff
YELLOW SPRINGS -- Gunshots awoke families late Tuesday night on North High Street.
"It was pretty hectic. It was scary. My kids were freaking out," neighbor Allison Edwards said.
Police were called to the home on a disturbance call after 42-year-old Paul Schenck and his teenage son reportedly got into the fight.
Police say Schenck fired several rounds at officers.
"It was a very dangerous situation," Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer said. "We were fortunate law enforcement and citizens weren't hurt."
Several agencies responded and two Greene County deputies fired back. When the firing stopped, a robot went inside the home and Schenck was found dead.
Investigators are still investigating whether Schenck died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound or by officers.
"I am sorry that he lost his life and sorry things elevated as far as they elevated," neighbor Keith Swigart said.
Neighbors said Schenck was a military veteran and may have suffered from post traumatic stress disorder. Police said they were also called to home in 2009.
Weapons were confiscated at the time but he reportedly got those weapons back a year later.
According to court records Schenck had weapons, disorderly conduct, obstruction and resisting arrest charges between 1993 and 2009.
An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.
"I'm sorry it had to end like this," Swigart said.
YELLOW SPRINGS -- Police have now released the identity of the deceased man involved in Wednesday morning's standoff.
Police say Paul Schenck, 42, was found dead inside the home after being involved in a shootout with Greene County deputies.
Police are still not sure if he died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds or if he was struck by police gunfire. An autopsy will have to be performed to determine the result.
In a press conference, the Yellow Springs Police chief said that several rounds were exchanged between two Greene County Sheriff's deputies and the suspect.
The original 911 call was the result of a domestic dispute with his 19-year-old son, who was in the house at the time. He was not injured.
GREENE COUNTY -- The Yellow Springs Police Department has asked the Ohio Attorney Generals Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) for assistance processing the scene of a standoff that ended with the death of a man at 220 North High Street in Yellow Springs.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said BCI is still processing the scene, as of 2 p.m. Wednesday.
In addition, the Ohio Attorney Generals BCI has been asked by the Greene County Sheriffs Office and the Yellow Springs Police Department to handle the investigation, DeWine said.
UPDATE: Sheriff, Police to Provide Update on Standoff Investigation
YELLOW SPRINGS -- Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer and representatives from the Yellow Springs Police Department will hold a press conference at 3:30 p.m. today to update the media on the investigation into the overnight standoff on North High Street, in which a man was killed following an exchange of gunfire between the man and law enforcement.
It is not clear currently how the man died.
We will bring you the latest from the conference online and tonight at 6 on ABC 22 and at 6:30 on FOX 45.
UPDATE: Yellow Springs Standoff Ends With Man Dead
YELLOW SPRINGS -- The standoff between police and an armed man has come to an end with the suspect dead in his house.
A short time after 5 a.m., a SWAT team robot was sent into the house with a camera that showed the unresponsive suspect.
Right now it's not clear how he died.
Reporter Amber Watson says this all happened in a typically quiet neighborhood.
Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer said officers were fired upon when they first made contact with the suspect. Fischer said a couple dozen rounds were fired.
One neighbor Amber Watson spoke to says he was outside and had to jump behind a car as shots were fired from the man barricaded inside his home.
According to residents we talked to the man got into a fight with a family member, which led to the standoff.
A neighbor tells us the man collects guns and was heavily armed. He reportedly heard gunshots on three occasions coming from the home.
One neighbor we spoke to said she's never seen anything like this.
"I've never known him actually shooting. I know his father was in the military and collected guns, like really old guns," said Karen Russell, a friend and neighbor.
Neighbors say the suspect was in his mid-40s and had a son and daughter. The family reportedly came out of the house to talk to negotiators.
Fischer said there had been problems at this home in the past, although he didn't provide details.
Several streets had been blocked off to keep people out of the area. Also, neighbors were told to stay in their homes. At one point an Ohio State Highway Patrol helicopter was called and used an infrared light to try to monitor the man inside his house.
As of 7:30 a.m., police still have the house blocked off as they continue to investigate. They are expected to be here for several more hours.
YELLOW SPRINGS -- A SWAT standoff has ended in Yellow Springs. According to police scanner traffic, the man barricaded himself inside a home on North High Street and was heavily armed.
Police was forced to call for back up when the suspect shot several rounds at the officers on scene. During a shootout with police, is believed when the suspect went down. Officers sent in a robot to check out the inside of the home, which revealed the man lying motionless surrounded by weapons. No word on if the deadly gun shot was from self-inflicted or from police.
The scene is under investigation right now. We will update you with the latest details as soon as it becomes available.
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