Man in custody after hours-long SWAT standoff in West End

Hours-long SWAT standoff in West End comes to end

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Cincinnati SWAT and police officers were able to subdue what they say was an “emotionally disturbed person armed with a knife” after an hours-long standoff in the West End Saturday night.

Police were called to the 2100 block of Freeman Avenue around 5 p.m.

A man wearing medical scrubs arrived at the scene a few hours into the standoff.

He was given a vest that said “physician” on it.

Police were finally able to get the man in custody around 9:30 p.m.

He was taken to UC Medical Center.

President Donald Trump signed a Safe Policing for Safe Communities executive order in June that gives police departments incentives to bring co-responders, like social workers, to nonviolent calls that involve mental health.

FOP President Dan Hils says Cincinnati police have already been using co-responders to help officers.

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