Wednesday, February 06, 2002

Gunman surrenders after standoff

By Jennifer Edwards
The Cincinnati Enquirer

A S.W.A.T. team rushes a house where a man held himself with a gun Tuesday. (Jeff Swinger photo)
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        A gunman held police at bay for several hours Tuesday evening in a Westwood apartment and fired more than 15 shots before peacefully surrendering early Wednesday.

        No injuries were reported.

        Michael Hedgecoth, 47, of the 2900 block of Harrison Avenue, faces multiple charges including several counts of felonious assault and discharging a firearm into or from a residence. He also was charged with inducing panic. The standoff began about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday after Mr. Hedgecoth locked himself in the bathroom of his first-story apartment, said Lt. Kurt Byrd, Cincinnati police spokesman. Mr. Hedgecoth reportedly had taken an overdose of more than 20 Xanax, an anti-anxiety prescription drug, his wife told police. She safely left the apartment, Lt. Byrd said.

        By 11 p.m., the man had fired at least 12 shots through the bathroom door and then began firing shots through the bathroom window.

        Shortly after midnight, SWAT officers shot tear gas into the bathroom window. The man placed his semi-automatic pistol in the window sill within police view and surrendered without incident.

        He was taken to University Hospital for evaluation.

        Three blocks of Harrison Avenue near the apartment were shut down for about eight hours.


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