Man arrested after four-hour SWAT standoff


Man arrested after four-hour SWAT standoff

West Carrollton police and the Montgomery County Regional SWAT team had a trailer home surrounded for hours this morning before taking one subject into custody.

A person called 911 just before 2 a.m. saying that a man, later identified as Bruce G. Mantz, was inside of the home with guns saying he was going to hurt others and himself, said Deputy Chief Douglas Woodard of the West Carrollton Police Department.

Officers responded to the home, located in the Harmony Homes mobile home park, and tried to make contact with Mantz.

Mantz, who was intoxicated and was in possession of weapons, did not respond to the communication attempts so West Carrollton police called in the assistance of the Montgomery County Regional SWAT team.

He was taken into police custody just before 5 a.m. and booked in the Montgomery County jail. He could face possible charges of inducing panic or aggravated menacing, Woodard said.

West Carrollton does not have many incident where SWAT assistance is required, said Woodard.

"I can't remember the last time we had to call SWAT for a barricaded subject," he said. The mobile home park where the incident occurred this morning is normally "quiet, peaceful and tranquil," he added.

Some neighbors were evacuated from around the home as a precaution, but no one was harmed in the four-hour-long standoff and no shots were fired from either side.

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