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Warren neighbors wanted man who staged standoff expelled

Published: Sun, January 8, 2012 @ 12:10 a.m.

By Ed Runyan



A 46-year-old man “despondent over a family matter” put a shotgun in his mouth and threatened to pull the trigger as Warren police stood by late Friday.

Paul Mazerik of 914 Hunter St. NW held the gun in that position in the front doorway of his house, then “slammed the door and went in the house,” a neighbor said of the incident that began at 11:30 p.m. and didn’t end until 6 a.m. Saturday.

Mazerik surrendered to police, but only after the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force SWAT Team arrived to assist the 20 to 30 officers from various departments already there, neighbors said.

Mazerik was taken to a local hospital for observation and had not been charged as of Saturday afternoon, Warren police said.

Ryan Goncz, who lives up the street from Mazerik, said it’s the second time Mazerik’s gunplay brought police to his house. He fired off a weapon at 9:45 p.m. July 22 and was charged with using weapons while intoxicated, according to court and police records.

The charge was amended Nov. 1 to discharging firearms, and he was sentenced in Warren Municipal Court to two years’ probation. Warren police were ordered to destroy the weapons they seized in July, but the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office was ordered to return Mazerik’s permit to carry concealed weapons, court records say.

“He scared the [heck] out of my son,” Goncz said of the July incident, adding that a neighbor circulated a petition afterward asking that Mazerik not be allowed to live on Hunter Street anymore.

Goncz said he predicted Warren would have a standoff soon after seeing in the news 10 days ago that a standoff had occurred on Ohio Avenue in Youngstown — the fourth area standoff in three weeks.

“All the money for the officers who came out here is coming out of my tax money we could be using for roads and safe parks for the kids to play in,” Goncz said.

One neighbor estimated that 20 to 30 officers from several departments were present. Officers from Howland, Warren and Austintown townships assisted Warren police, one witness said.

“A lot of cops were saying it was ridiculous,” said Tiffanne Goncz, Ryan’s wife. “For 61/2 hours they were standing out in the cold.”

Ryan Goncz said the SWAT team, officers who are armed with protective equipment, seemed to change Mazerik’s attitude.

“When the SWAT team arrived, that’s when it ended. When they were about to move in, he came out.”

Sgt. Michael Albanese of the Warren Police Department said Warren Patrolman Doug Hipple also helped bring Mazerik out by using his training as a hostage negotiator. “He talked the guy into putting down the guns and walking out,” Albanese said.

Albanese, the turn commander Saturday afternoon, said the incident stemmed from a “family matter” but that he wasn’t working at the time it happened and didn’t know many details.

According to court records, Mazerik was approved to write bail bonds for ACE Bonding and AA Worldwide Bail Bonding in June 2010. Neighbors said they think he no longer does that kind of work.

Tamara Mazerik filed for divorce from Paul Mazerik on June 20, 2011. The next hearing in the divorce is set for Jan. 19 in Trumbull County Family Court.


1db(280 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Maybe Mazerik needs to spend a little time in jail and be libel for the costs associated with his theatrics.

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2nuganuech(46 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Who was the brilliant judge/official that ordered his concealed carry permit returned? Unbelievable!!! Don't they have standards for issuing those permits? I realize everyone has 2nd Amendment rights, but if you act like a complete dbag you've forfeited those rights

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3wgwalsh(3 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

This is what can happen when mental health programs are cut and abandoned. People often self medicate with alcohol as a substitute for appropriate prescription medication.

Instead of trying to expell this man from the neighborhood, try talking to him. Everyone needs a sense of belonging, not alienation.

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4austintownnative(7 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

The article states he was not taking his medications. So clearly its not because of mental health cuts....its because he made the poor choice NOT to take his medications and get drunk! He needs to have consequences for actions...period. If he pulls the mental health card, it will be a gross miscarriage of justice as well as a slap in the face to consumers of the mental health system. He is clearly a sociopath.....

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5wgwalsh(3 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

This article DOES NOT indicate anything about medications whatsoever. How is he "clearly a sociopath?"
Maybe he is bipolar, which would explain the impulsiveness and substance abuse issues.

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6austintownnative(7 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

@ Walsh: this is not the only article written on this man and this particular incident. There was an article that clearly stated he was prescribed medication and was not taking it. So you may want to fact check ALL the articles and information before you comment (like I did). This man, with no regards to anyone elses safety or consequence,shot a gun in a residential area! He disregarded public safety completely. He wasted tax dollars with the little fit he threw that required numerous police dept to respond,no to mention the SWAT team. What about the neighborhoods/areas that were short for the time they had to respond to this lunatic? As a former bail bondsman he clearly knew what he was doing. And last I checked, the clearance for bail bondsman are pretty extensive and include a physical. So if he has a diagnosis of bi-polar disorder,how was he alicensed bail bondsman?? This man is CLEARLY using the mental illness card to keep from getting the consequence he deserves! Lack of knowledge of consequences, disregard for the public safey of others,manipulating the mental health system, as well as manipulating relationships,substance abuse, impusliveness...these are all symptoms of a sociopath! The symptomology he is exhibiting as well as my work in the dept of mental health more than qualifies me to make that statement. So quit buying into his BS ..... and lets hope the justice system sees thru his charade!

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7austintownnative(7 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

And while Im at it,allow me to give more examples of a sociopath: poor behavioral control/impulsivenss,oblivious/indifferent to any destruction they may cause,will never accpet blame,callousness/lack of empathy ,lack of remorse, shame or guilt,pathological lying,grandiose Sense of self,they never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. Also a sense of entitlement. Im from Austintown...I have a idea of this idiot and his history...he is the same douchbag I went to high school with. He has shirked responsibilty his entire life and left a path of hurt and destruction after him. Bipolar? Please?

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