Elida man taken into custody following Sunday morning standoff


ELIDA – A 23-year-old Elida man who threatened to harm himself and barricaded himself inside a residence with a weapon was forcibly removed and taken into custody Sunday by members of the Allen County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team.

According to Sgt. Andre McConnahea, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, the SWAT team was dispatched to 3299 E. Hook Road, Elida, shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday. The family of Kirby Kaplin reported the man had made threats of suicide, had been consuming alcohol and had access to firearms.

When deputies arrived, they observed Kaplin inside the home, holding a 12-gauge shotgun. Deputies attempted to talk him out of the home, but the man refused multiple requests to come outside, according to McConnahea.

After communications broke down, the supervisor on scene made the decision to activate the hostage negotiation team and the SWAT team. Negotiators attempted to speak with Kirby until approximately 7 a.m. Once those negotiations deteriorated, the SWAT team deployed tear gas into the residence, but Kaplin still refused to exit the home.

At approximately 7:15 a.m., the SWAT team forced entry to the residence, and Kaplin was taken into custody following a brief struggle. He was booked into the Allen County jail on charges of inducing panic, obstructing official business, resisting arrest and having weapons while intoxicated. No injuries were reported by anyone involved.

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