On October 14 at approximately 10 p.m. the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office was called to a Villa Nova residence just outside of St. Marys. A male resident had threatened other family members with a firearm, then discharged the firearm as family members were exiting the residence. The male barricaded himself inside the residence at this time.

Deputies from the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office and St. Marys Police Department then started negotiations with the male inside the residence. Once it was realized negotiation were breaking down, the Auglaize County SRT and HNT Teams were summoned to the scene.

After an approximate six hour standoff, the male subject identified as Mark Springer, 55, from St. Marys, OH surrendered peacefully and without any further incident. The initial investigation revealed and confirmed Mr. Springer did threaten family members with a firearm, did discharge the firearm inside the residence, but no one was injured. The firearm was located inside the residence.

"It's always good when there are no victims hurt," Sheriff Al Solomon said.Springer was subsequently transported to the Auglaize County Correctional Center and criminal charges are pending.

Agencies assisting the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office were the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, Allen County Sheriff’s Office, St. Marys Police Department, and St. Marys Fire and EMS.

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