CUYAHOGA FALLS — A domestic call that resulted in a standoff Thursday morning around 7 a.m. on Cook Street ended with police shooting a man.
Robert Horn-Epling, 39, has been charged with fourth-degree felony domestic violence and first-degree misdemeanor charges of inducing panic and aggravated menacing.
Police Lt. Chad Johnson said Horn-Epling had been taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
In a 911 call lasting about 40 seconds, a neighbor called police to report Horn-Epling and a woman were outside arguing.
When police arrived, they found the woman had suffered some injuries, then removed a small child from the home and tried to speak with the man.
“That individual ran back into the home with a gun,” said Johnson.
Johnson said police tried for over an hour to negotiate with the man, both at the scene and by phone, to get him to put down the gun and surrender.
“He failed to do so,” said Johnson. “At one point, he pointed the gun at officers and one of the officers fired on him, striking him.”
Johnson said the man was then taken into custody. The Cuyahoga Falls police detective bureau and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating, said Johnson.
Next-door neighbors Kathleen Miller and Rick Chesterfield told the Falls News-Press that police had been called to the home “about 10 times” over the past year and that they often heard Horn-Epling yelling. The two said they heard the police gunshot around 8:30 a.m.
“This is not typical of this area,” said Chesterfield.
Reporter Jeff Saunders can be reached at 330-541-9431, firstname.lastname@example.org or @JeffSaunders_RP.
This story was updated at 5:51 p.m.