Man found dead after standoff

VANDALIA — A man in his 20s was found dead in a Heather Court apartment on Wednesday afternoon after police were called for a welfare check.

According to Vandalia Division of Police Lt. Kurt Althouse, officers were dispatched to the apartment around 12:30 p.m. after a family member called to report a relative in distress after receiving text messages saying the man was being held against his will.

When police arrived at the apartment, two individuals confirmed the man was in the apartment. Officers heard what they believed was a gunshot in the apartment which prompted them to dispatch the Regional Emergency Response Team made up of officers from Huber Heights, Beavercreek, Fairborn, and Vandalia.

The tactical team attempted to speak with the man with a bullhorn for over an hour but did not receive a response. They then entered the apartment just after 6 p.m. and found the man dead. Althouse said that foul play is not suspected.

The incident forced the evacuation of nearby apartment buildings and also delayed the release of students from Helke Elementary School.

In a call to parents, Superintendent Rob O’Leary said that dismissal was delayed “until a safe plan” was put in place and in coordination with the Vandalia Police Department and the district’s transportation department.

Incident forced evacuations, dismissal delays for Helke students

By Darrell Wacker

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