Lima man surrenders to police following 4 1/2 hour standoff


LIMA — A four-hour standoff between Lima police and a 28-year-old man wanted by law enforcement authorities ended peacefully Friday.

According to a statement by Lima police, members of the department’s patrol division were attempting to serve a warrant at 9 Oakwood Place at approximately 1:30 a.m. Friday. The resident of the home and intended subject of the warrant was Darrell Purdy, who was sought by authorities in connection with an Oct. 17 shooting in the 1200 block of East Kibby Street. No one was injured in that incident, and the investigation is ongoing. Purdy was also wanted by police in connection with an alleged domestic violence incident.

Detective Steve Stechschulte of the Lima Police Department said that after officers approached the Oakwood Place residence on Friday morning, Purdy refused to exit and barricaded himself inside the structure, along with a female that police identified as his live-in girlfriend.

The Enhanced Tactical Unit and Crisis Negotiations Unit were called to the scene and after approximately 4 ½ hours they were successful in resolving the incident. Purdy exited the residence peacefully, surrendered and was taken into custody, police said.

Charges are pending against Purdy.

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