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Tiffin man arrested after firing shots toward police during standoff at Bettsville park

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Tiffin, Ohio — A Tiffin man was arrested Saturday after the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a suicidal man with a gun at H.P. Eells Park in Bettsville.

Law enforcement responded to H.P. Eells Park and discovered a white male, identified as 50-year-old Shawn William Varner, of Tiffin, inside one of the fenced-in ball fields with a firearm.

Varner would not comply with orders and fired his weapon at a deputy and an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper. Both were able to seek cover to avoid several additional shots from Varner.

Deputies and troopers were able to contain the area and immediately request additional assistance from the Tiffin Police Department Special Response Team (SRT), Fostoria Police Division SRT and road officers, more troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol and their SWAT team, Wood County’s drone team, the Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office, and additional personnel from area Bettsville Fire/EMS and Seneca County EMA & ECHO.

After a period of time, Varner eventually surrendered and was placed into custody without further incident.

Varner was arrested for felonious assault, a first-degree felony. Varner is currently being held at the Seneca County Jail pending further court proceedings. Additional charges are pending on Varner.

“It was a very intense and serious situation that occurred inside the park this evening,” Seneca County Sheriff Fred Stevens said in a news release. “I am very thankful that no one got hurt, especially our area law enforcement. It is the outcome we should all be proud of.”

“It’s a small example of how important it is to maintain great relationships with all area law enforcement agencies, and it clearly made an impact today,” Stevens added.

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