Austintown man arrested in stand-off

By Jamison Cocklin


A father who could no longer withstand an argument between his daughter and his brother at a home on Crum Road threatened to kill them both and take his own life with a shotgun, authorities said.

Austintown Police Chief Robert Gavalier said the incident probably was provoked because the father, later identified by police as Steven Eddy, 37, had been drinking.

After one of the family members managed to escape the home at 4203 Crum Road, police were called. Gavalier said that once officers realized the father was inside the home with either “a rifle or a shotgun,” the crisis response team was called in, prompting Youngstown police officers and Mahoning County deputy sheriffs to respond.

However, the incident, which began about 6 p.m., according to neighbors watching nearby, was resolved by 7:30. No one was hurt, and Eddy was arrested and charged with two counts of domestic violence and one count of inducing panic.

Shortly after officers arrived on the scene and gained access to the home, they were able to resolve the situation quickly, Gavalier said. Eddy, he added, was for the most part cooperative in a scene described by authorities as relaxed.

Still, officers from all three departments had blocked traffic north and south on Crum Road. Some of them were seen leaving the scene in full body armor with assault rifles in hand. Nearby Highland Avenue also was blocked as the house where the standoff occurred sat at the corner of both streets.

Asked why so many officers were called in for a standoff described as tame, Gavalier said, “That’s why I’m here, it seems a little overblown, believe me I know, but the crisis response team requires several members from area police departments.”

By the time the situation was fully defused, a large group of onlookers had gathered to watch the standoff unfold. Many were astonished at the level of law enforcement on hand and quick to point out that nothing similar had ever happened in their neighborhood before.

As Eddy was led away in the rear of a cruiser, he was clearly handcuffed and laid out on his back with his feet gripping the passenger-side window.

Gavalier said more charges could be pending, as others were in the house at the time the argument broke out, but details were not immediately available.

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