|Standoff in Portage ends in arrest|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune|
|Wednesday, 31 July 2013 10:33|
PORTAGE - A village man is being held in the Wood County jail on a series of charges after a standoff with police Tuesday night.
Just after 9 p.m. the Wood County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from Ruben Baldonado, 42, at his home in the 200 block of South Second Street. Baldonado reportedly threatened to harm himself - specifically to commit "suicide by police officer" - and said he would shoot any deputies that came to his residence.
Paperwork filed in Bowling Green Municipal Court indicated Baldonado admitted he consumed a 12-pack of beer prior to the incident.
The Sheriff's Office Special Response Team (SRT) and crisis negotiators responded to the scene. Multiple residences in the area were evacuated as a precaution.
During negotiations, Baldonado fled the residence and was taken into custody in a nearby field after being surrounded by SRT members.
Baldonado reportedly was in possession of a firearm during the incident, though what kind was not clear this morning. Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn said that Baldonado fired a round, apparently through his ceiling, during the standoff, but did not fire at police. It was indicated that Baldonado may have later placed the wrong ammunition in his gun during the incident and jammed it.
He is being held on $10,000 bail on charges of using weapons while intoxicated and inducing panic, both misdemeanors, and having weapons while under a disability, a felony.
Baldonado is expected to appear in court today.
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