ST. MARYS — A St. Marys man who reportedly threatened family members with a firearm on Wednesday night was taken into custody early Thursday following a six-hour standoff.
According to a statement from the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to a residence in Villa Nova, on the edge of St. Marys, at approximately 10 p.m. Wednesday. A caller said a male resident had threatened other family members with a firearm, then discharged the weapon as family members exited the residence. He then barricaded himself inside the residence.
Deputies from the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office and St. Marys Police Department arrived at the scene and started negotiations with the man, identified as 54-year-old Mark Springer.
After an approximate six-hour standoff, Springer surrendered peacefully and without any further incident. The initial investigation revealed Springer did threaten family members with a firearm and did discharge the firearm inside the residence. The weapon was located inside the home.
Springer was transported to the Auglaize County jail. Unspecified criminal charges are pending, according to the sheriff’s office.
Assisting at the scene were the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, Allen County Sheriff’s Office and St. Marys Fire and EMS.