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Man taken into custody after barricading himself with weapons in Fostoria

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Fostoria, Ohio — A Fostoria man was taken into custody Friday evening after police say he barricaded himself and threatened self-harm.

Police responded to 151 Taft Blvd. at approximately 8:56 p.m.

Upon arrival, officers encountered a male with multiple knives who was threatening to kill himself and expressed a desire for officers to shoot him.

At the time of the incident, police say there were children in the house as well as other adults.

All of the children and other adults were evacuated from the residence while officers continued to attempt to de-escalate the situation with the barricaded man.

After officers were able to convince the suspect to give up his weapons, they were able to use a stun gun on him and take him into custody.

35-year-old Robert A. Coppus, Jr. was transported to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital for evaluation, where he continued to fight with EMS personnel and officers.

Coppus is being held on an existing warrant for a violation of a judicial release from previous charges of abduction and domestic violence. Additional charges stemming from this incident will be filed.

Police said they will also contact Seneca County Children Services for support of the children involved in the situation.

“This is an example of my officers being put in a horrific situation of rescuing children and adults while still trying to de-escalate a volatile situation,” Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno said. “I commend my officers and dispatcher for using their training and expertise in preventing this outcome from being more tragic. An individual wanting officers to kill them is one of the worst incidents they face.”

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