Mansfield Police cruiser

MANSFIELD — An armed stand-off with the Mansfield Police Department ended peacefully on Thursday morning. 

According to Chief Keith Porch, at approximately 7:47 a.m. the Mansfield Division of Police responded to 261 E. Arch Street after a female called and advised she had just left this residence after a gun was fired. 

The female advised she'd had a verbal argument with her son, 52-year-old Charles Gandy, which led to Gandy firing a gun outside the home. No one was struck by the bullet. 

According to the female, her son had "mental issues" and may be suffering from PTSD. She noted he had been acting strangely over the past few days. 

Officers responded to the residence and attempted to contact Gandy, who refused to open the locked door. A perimeter was set up around the residence for safety, and officers began coaxing Gandy from the home using a PA system as well as through phone contact. 

Several of Gandy's relatives were contacted and they also made efforts to coax him from the home, to no avail.

This went on for several hours, during which time Gandy came to the door multiple times, carrying a firearm and yelling at officers to "come get him." 

"After much talking and collaborative effort by many at the scene, Mr. Gandy peacefully surrendered to officers and he was taken into custody at 1:01 p.m. without incident," Porch said. 

Gandy was taken to a local hospital for evaluation and/or treatment. A firearm was located in the residence and charges are pending in this case. 

"It is with great relief that this incident ended well and without injury to anyone," Porch said.

"The Mansfield Division of Police would like to thank the regional Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) and the Ontario Police Department for their assistance during this incident." 

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