Police defuse dangerous situation Sunday

A Tiffin man was charged with domestic menacing after authorities said he threatened to shoot and kill his wife and police officers early Sunday morning.

According to Tiffin Police Department records, an allegedly intoxicated Patrick A. Fitschen, 47, was reportedly causing a disturbance at his residence at 55 Linda Lane about 12:43 a.m.

Sgt. Jake DeMonte of TPD said the man was making homicidal threats.

“(He was) telling her he would shoot her and kill her,” he said. “He told her he would shoot and kill any police officer that showed up at his house.”

DeMonte said TPD Crisis Negotiation Team and Special Response Team officers were called to the scene to assist. He said Fostoria SRT also assisted.

He said these officers are specifically trained to deal with high-risk scenarios, hostage situations and barricaded subjects.

“The SRT arrived and kept the residence contained so (Fitschen) couldn’t get out,” DeMonte said. “He wanted to try and escape at one point and he did have a (9 mm) pistol.”

He said Fitschen tried lying to officers by telling them his wife had beat him up.

DeMonte also said Fitschen contacted officers via phone and told them he already had left the house and was in Fremont.

“He was trying to get us to leave,” he said. “Right after he said that, he was turning lights off in the house.”

TPD reports state six officers from the department responded to the incident.

“We kept him contained while the Crisis Negotiation Team officers attempted to talk to him,” DeMonte said.

He said negotiators attempted to reach out to Fitschen for about two hours, before they finally convinced him to give himself up.

Reports state the man was in custody about 3:11 a.m.

DeMonte said no one involved in the incident was hurt, but he said the situation was dangerous for any responding officer.

“Every year, around 150 police officers die in the line of duty,” he said. “We don’t need to lose anyone because somebody was intoxicated and angry at their wife.”

DeMonte said officers were able to resolve the situation without using force or destroying any property.

“We were able to convince him to give himself up,” he said. “(The situation) could have ended very poorly.”

Fitschen was charged with domestic menacing, a fourth-degree misdemeanor, DeMonte said.