Police: Man pointed sword at officers, prompting SWAT call

Police: Man pointed sword at officers, prompting SWAT call

NORWOOD, OH (FOX19) - A 45-year-old man is accused of pointing a sword at officers when they responded to a report of loud music early Monday.

James Anthony Hall, 45, also was armed with a hammer and butcher knife, which he had tucked into his belt, when police arrived to the 4600 block of McNeil St. at 4:40 a.m., police said in a prepared statement.

Officers were sent to the neighborhood after someone called 911 to report hearing a neighbor playing loud music, according to police. The caller also described hearing a male screaming and saying he was going to set the building on fire.

Upon arrival, officers approached the front door of the residence and knocked several times. They made contact with Hall, who emerged from a rear hallway armed with a sword, they said.

Hall pointed the sword at officers and rapidly approached the front door, the statement reads. He was also armed with a hammer and a butcher knife.

Officers said they ordered Hall to stop and drop the sword.

He refused, and engaged in a standoff with officers for 24 minutes while armed with the sword, they said.

Meanwhile, police evacuated residents from the upstairs apartment at the home, as well as two females who were inside the apartment with Hall.

Throughout the incident, Hall was on the front porch yelling at officers, waving the sword, and refusing officers' commands to drop his weapons, they said.

Hall appeared to be heavily under the influence of alcohol during the incident, and was acting in a disorderly, erratic manner, they said.

His behavior prompted Norwood police to request assistance from the Hamilton County Police Association SWAT team.

About five minutes after the request for SWAT activation, Hall voluntarily surrendered to Norwood police.

Hall was arrested and booked into the Hamilton County jail on misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct while intoxicated, inducing panic and aggravated menacing.

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