John Weidner faces court after Monday night's standoff

ROSSFORD, OHIO (TOLEDO NEWS NOW) - John Weidner faced a judge in court Tuesday after a standoff that occurred Monday night in Rossford.

Weidner was released on his own recognizance for an inducing panic charge and a $5,000 bond was set for the receiving stolen property charge, which prompted the standoff.

The standoff happened at a residence near the intersection of Eagle Point and Windsor and police say ensuring the safety of everyone in the surrounding area made teamwork crucial.

Rossford Police Chief Glenn Goss says Weidner was notified Monday afternoon that a detective would be coming to his home to serve a felony warrant for his arrest but when authorities arrived they got more than they bargained for.

"They saw him go into the house, shut the doors," said Goss. "They knocked on the doors, and he wouldn't answer the doors."

Police say because the warrant had to do with a felony firearm, first responders were concerned that Weidner may have been a danger to himself, police and the surrounding area. Chief Goss says several agencies, including the Wood County Sheriff's Office, Rossford Police and Fire, and the Special Response Team, all came together to help.

"Yesterday's situation is a prime example of how we, how the whole system actually evolves and unfolds to protect people," said Goss.

Rossford Fire Chief Josh Drouard says the department was on the scene making sure the SWAT team and police stayed hydrated, helping with crowd control and just in case things progressed once the tear gas was thrown inside.

"There was some concern, I know, that those things can become pyrogenic, so they were concerned about the structure inadvertently catching on fire," said Chief Drouard. "Or he might have even tried to catch it on fire himself."

The standoff went on for about four hours before Weidner came out safely.

Neighbors says the first responders did a great job of keeping them informed until the standoff was over. 

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