Man dead in Harrison SWAT standoff

Published: Jun. 16, 2021 at 4:53 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 16, 2021 at 6:26 AM EDT
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HARRISON, Ohio (WXIX) - One man is dead in a Harrison SWAT standoff overnight.

Tony Robert Hall of northern Kentucky died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head, Harrison Police Chief Charles Lindsey said.

The SWAT situation unfolded at the Best Western Hotel on Comfort Drive.

It all began about 11 p.m. Tuesday with a report of a disturbance at the hotel involving a man and a woman, Hamilton County dispatchers say.

A television in their room was broken and police say they arrived to help evict the couple.

The woman identified herself as Hall’s girlfriend, police say.

She told an officer Hall was intoxicated and armed with a gun.

Police say she also reported Hall was involved in a high-speed police chase in northern Kentucky just last week.

Moments later, Hall came down an elevator with a gun.

He pointed it at the officer and other hotel guests, and then went back upstairs to his room, police say.

All hotel guests were evacuated to the Home Depot store next door.

A Hamilton County SWAT team was summoned, as well as law enforcement from surrounding communities.

Police say Hall briefly spoke with a SWAT negotiator after midnight.

Then, he called his mom and told her goodbye.

They said the woman heard a loud bang followed by silence.

At that point, police said they forced their way in and, using a drone, saw Hall on the ground with a gunshot wound to his head.

Hall was pronounced dead at the scene by an official with the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office.

Harrison’s police chief said to his knowledge, there were no warrants out for Hall’s arrest at the time of the standoff.

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