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Streetsboro man arrested after threatening suicide with gun at bar

By Dave O'Brien | Record-Courier Published: December 6, 2012 12:40 PM
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A Streetsboro man has been charged with carrying a loaded gun into a city bar, making threats against a female family member and threatening to commit suicide.

Patrick F. Kelly, 53, is charged with one count each of possessing a firearm in a liquor establishment, a third-degree felony, inducing panic, a first-degree misdemeanor and domestic violence, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

Kelly was arraigned Wednesday in Portage County Municipal Court in Ravenna, and was jailed on 10 percent of $50,000 bond. Conditions of his release are no consumption or possession of alcohol or drugs, and no contact with the female victim in the case. A temporary protection order was issued in Portage County Municipal Court on behalf of the victim, according to court records.

Streetsboro police spokesman Lt. Darin Powers said Kelly had "a domestic issue" at home, and went to the Streets Bar & Grill at 9107 S.R. 14, where he began drinking. The female family member later showed up at the bar, at which point Kelly pulled a .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun, threatened to shoot the woman and then put the gun to his own head, Powers said.

Police were called and officers arrived to find Kelly holding the gun. Powers said. Fortunately, he said, responding officer Sgt. Andrew Suvada is trained in crisis intervention and after five minutes of talking with Kelly, convinced him to put the gun down. Kelly was then arrested, he said.

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"The situation could have been a lot worse," Powers said.

On Nov. 25, officers -- including a SWAT team -- responded after a William Henry Drive resident threatened suicide. Following a four-hour standoff, the man shot himself in the chest, then surrendered and was taken to Akron City Hospital for treatment.

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anonymous Dec 11, 2012 8:34 AM

This article has quite a bit of the story wrong. He did not threaten a female family member or say that he would shoot her. The gun was NEVER pointed at anyone other than Mr. Kelly. Plus it doesn't mention anything about the police tazing him two times. They did handle the situation with out harm to them or serious harm to Mr. Kelly, but how about a little compassion for a troubled man instead of trying to pump up the reputation of the Streetsboro Police Department. Now the story has been sent out to the world with incorrect information. Very disappointed in the way this story was handled by the Streetsboro Police department.