A nearly 3 1/2-hour standoff at the Western Suite Inn in Wapakoneta ended peacefully at approximately 6:30 p.m. Thursday when two men wanted on warrants out of Logan County surrendered to local law enforcement.
Officers with the Wapakoneta Police Department and members of the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team (SRT) and Hostage Negotiation Team managed to talk the two men — one wanted on a charge of burglary and the second on a charge of domestic violence — to surrender without incident.
“We responded on information that we had two subjects at the Western Inn, who were wanted out of Logan County and they made comments that they were not going to be taken peacefully,” Police Chief Russ Hunlock said of the two men in their late 20s. “We then contacted Auglaize County’s SRT team and started negotiations with them. They ultimately gave themselves up.”
Shortly before 6:30 p.m. officers took into custody Dustin Krouse, 27, who was wanted on burglary, and Zachary Potter, 27, who was wanted for domestic violence. Both are from Lakeview.
They were transported to the Auglaize County Jail and then transported to Logan County and turned over to Logan County Sheriff’s Office deputies.
Hunlock did not indicate if the men had weapons at the time they were taken into custody.
The police chief said the Wapakoneta Police Department learned the two men may be in Wapakoneta after receiving a teletype from the Logan County Sheriff’s Office.
Six officers responded at 3:07 p.m. and surrounded Western Inn Suites, 413 Apollo Drive, and blocked entrances and exits. Officers were able to verify that the men rented Room 214 at the motel.
When officers learned they would not surrender peacefully, they requested the SRT team and the Hostage Negotiation Team respond.
Wapakoneta EMS responded to the scene as a precaution.
Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon also responded to the scene. He said this is approximately the 12th time the SRT team has responded and the incident end without injuries.
Hunlock said a report would be forwarded to prosecutors with the Auglaize County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for possible charges here.