Youngstown man indicted in standoff

YOUNGSTOWN — Brandon Turjonis, 31, was indicted Thursday in connection with a three-hour standoff June 19 that brought out dozens of officers.

He faces a felony weapons charge and misdemeanor inducing panic and aggravated menacing charge.

Youngstown police, the Mahoning Valley Crisis Response Team and Youngstown Bomb Squad were among the personnel responding to Turjonis’ home in the 1300 block of Aberdeen Avenue.

The incident began when a neighbor across the street called 911 at 10:55 a.m. to say Turjonis was pointing an AK-47 assault rifle at the neighbor’s home and threatening him as part of a dayslong feud.

As an officer arrived, he spotted a man fitting the description of Turjonis near others on the street. Turjonis ran up his driveway and disappeared. The officer didn’t know whether he went into the house or past it.

Turjonis surrendered peacefully about 2 p.m. and was taken to the Mahoning County jail.

Police tried to search his home, but an apparent homemade explosive device was found just inside the door, the report states. Officers left the home and contacted the Youngstown Bomb Squad to come to the scene. When the home was deemed safe, officers investigated inside.

Police also found an unloaded AK-47-type rifle under a bed in a bedroom.

If convicted, Turjonis could get several years in prison.


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