By Erika Platt-Handru, firstname.lastname@example.org
FORT SENECA - A rural Fort Seneca man was arrested early Saturday morning after police gassed his house following a standoff that lasted more than five hours.
Harold W. Mathews, 35, was taken into custody after police found him hiding in a closet at his residence at 627 E. TR 152, around midnight.
Tiffin Police Chief Dave LaGrange said Mathews had outstanding warrants from several counties and recently had been under surveillance by law enforcement.
Police said they knew Mathews had weapons inside his residence; they surrounded the two-story house around 5:45 p.m.
LaGrange said a neighbor saw Mathews shoot a couple of rounds from a gun earlier in the day.
"We knew he had weapons and a history of resisting arrest. We knew what we were walking into," LaGrange said.
Around 8 p.m., a woman believed to be Mathew's girlfriend came out of the house.
A few hours later, gas was thrown into the residence in an attempt to bring out Mathews.
Mathews initially resisted the gas, LaGrange said, but was placed under arrest around midnight and transported to Mercy Tiffin Hospital.
LaGrange said no injuries were reported, and a search warrant was to be conducted at the residence after the gas was cleared from the residence this morning.