Falls Man Identified Following Suicide Standoff
Brian Zarle, 40, of Cuyahoga Falls, was arrested Wednesday evening after threatening police and himself.
The newspaper reports that sheriff’s deputies and U.S. Marshals from the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force arrived at Zarle’s door in the 300 block of Van Buren Avenue at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday to serve a felony warrant for intimidating a Summit County judge.
The situation quickly unraveled when he refused to open the door and alluded to having weapons.
Police cordoned off the neighborhood, called in their SWAT team and began negotiating with Zarle.
During that time, Zarle could be heard through a bullhorn saying:
"Either you guys take me or I'll take myself."
"Only way I'm leaving my house is in a body bag!"
"[Summit County] Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh is a piece of [expletive]!"
After two hours of negotiation, he peacefully surrendered and was taken into custody.
The judge Zarle threatened has not been identified.
He’s set to appear in Akron Municipal Court Thursday for a bond hearing.
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