Police ID suspect from all-night standoff

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KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) –  A standoff in Kettering ended peacefully early Friday morning when the suspect, 73-year-old Robert Lawson, surrendered to authorities.

The SWAT team and police officers had their guns drawn as they surrounded the home in the 2500 block of Midvale Street near Talisman Drive.

This all happened just before 6 p.m.

Police said the incident started when officers started following a stolen car from a Dayton car lot.  They followed it all the way to the house on Midvale Street.

Police said authorities established a perimeter around the home.

Officers said Lawson displayed a gun and would not come out for the officers banging on the front door.  Authorities said hundreds of phone calls were made to the home and they were ignored.

The SWAT team shot several canisters of pepper and tear gas into Lawson’s home and he would not exit the home.

Kettering Police said moments after flashing the gun, SWAT officers saw him with a rifle.

Police made evacuations to homes nearby to keep residents safe.  Many neighbors were standing outside watching the standoff unfold.

The suspect finally came out of the house just before 2:30 a.m. He was put in handcuffs and taken away for a mental evaluation and then booked into the Montgomery County Jail.

He’s being held on charges of Obstructing Official Business.  Other charges are pending  alsong with felony charges from the Dayton Police Department.

Officers from Springboro, Centerville, Miamisburg, Dayton, Kettering and the Miami Valley Communications Council assisted at the scene.


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