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Standoff in Boardman ends with arrest of man



Published: Wed, August 1, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



BOARDMAN -- A township man was taken into custody at 3:50 a.m. today after a five-hour standoff with township police.

James P. Devlin, 45, of 1160 Suzylinn Ave., was charged with resisting arrest, inducing panic, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, and aggravated menacing after he locked himself in his house with his 3-year-old son. Police said Devlin threatened to shoot them.

Police had been called to the home at 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, Devlin's birthday, in regard to a dispute between Devlin and his wife. According to police reports, Devlin removed his son from his wife's locked car after she tried to leave with the boy.

Devlin told police he feared his wife was too drunk to drive. After police arrived, Devlin's wife volunteered to spend the night away from home, but only if her son went with her.

Shortly after, Devlin barricaded himself and the boy in the house and told police that if they did not leave his property, he would shoot, they said.

Several weapons were removed from the home upon Devlin's arrest. Bond was set at $4,000.




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