Lancaster OH- According to a police report obtained by Scioto Post, the barricade situation all started over an alleged assault.
On 7-23-2020 at around 2:30P.M officers were dispatched to a West 6th Avenue apartment on reports of an assault. Once officers arrived on scene, they spoke with the victim that told them he had been assaulted by another male with a golf club. Officers then spoke to a witness who also gave them the same story.
When officers attempted to locate the suspect of the alleged assault, he had fled the area. After a short while, officers were contacted again by the victim and he told officers the suspect had returned and this time with a knife claiming he would kill him.
Officers went to the suspects apartment to make contact, that’s when he shut the door and locked it, informing officers he had knives and would kill them. He also yelled outside the apartment telling officers that he was going to set himself on fire.
At this point, the Lancaster Police Department Special Response Team was called to the scene to assist. After 7 hours of negotiations, 43 year old Wendel Beckett surrendered and was treated by Lancaster Fire Department, then transported to FMC.
At 3:40A.M. FMC called the Lancaster Police Department and released Beckett to their custody. He is now being held at the Fairfield County Jail, facing several charges.
1 Aggravated Menacing
3 Emergency Admission
4 Obstructing Official
5 Resisting Arrest