Standoff with cops brings charges

By John W. Goodwin Jr.

No court date has been set for the Liberty man.

LIBERTY — The man who held police at bay for more than two hours Tuesday afternoon will face criminal charges.

Richard Tisone, township acting police chief, said Daniel Stevens, 41, of 1422 Keefer Road, is charged with felony aggravated menacing and felony inducing panic. He said the menacing charge was moved to a felony because Stevens threatened a police officer.

“Based on the amount of personnel and manpower used, those will be the two charges,” Tisone said.

No date has been set for Stevens to appear in Girard Municipal Court.

Tisone said Stevens is still being evaluated and treated at the hospital.

“We really want to see to it that he gets the mental help he needs because we don’t want to see a repeat of this situation in the neighborhood, but after that we are going to move forward,” he said.

Officers were called to the Keefer Road home around 2:20 p.m. Tuesday. They were told that Stevens had barricaded himself in his garage and had weapons.

Tisone said township police set up a security perimeter around the garage, and the Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force was called in to assist. The standoff lasted until 5 p.m., when members of the task force entered the garage and were able to remove Stevens, Tisone said.

There were no shots fired and no officers were injured, Tisone said, adding that Stevens was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center for evaluation. The chief said he doesn’t know why Stevens barricaded himself in his garage and refused to come out.

Police recovered two loaded shotguns and one loaded rifle from the garage.

Stevens was alone in the garage. His wife and two children were in the area but outside the police perimeter, Tisone said.

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