Police: Weapons found at site of 26-hour Ohio standoff

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Posted: May 07, 2015 10:07 AM

MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — The home where an Ohio man was fatally shot by officers after a 26-hour standoff contained loaded assault weapons, ammunition and survivalist bags with food and medical supplies, police said.

Mansfield police said Wednesday the items were found during an initial assessment of the home where 58-year-old David Parker was shot by an officer last week to end the daylong standoff. The home is owned by Parker's brother, who is working as a missionary in the Philippines.

Other items found in the home included a bulletproof vest, handcuffs, helmets, knives and igniters, the Mansfield News Journal reported (http://ohne.ws/1H1fPvd ). Authorities also found a book titled "The Anarchist Cookbook" and a military field surgeon handbook.

Parker was a U.S. Army veteran who served in peacetime after the Vietnam War, said Tony DeLong, executive director of the Richland County Veterans Service Commission. DeLong told the newspaper Parker had been receiving assistance from the commission.

The confrontation began April 27 when a gas utility worker called 911 after the resident came to the door with an assault rifle.

Mansfield Law Director John Spon had said Parker fired at officers multiple times throughout the ordeal, and was "definitely shooting with intent to kill law enforcement officers." As the standoff continued the next morning, officials said Parker again fired at officers, prompting them to fire back. He died a short time later.

Officials said police peacefully asked Parker to come out about 300 times during the standoff. They also turned a fire hose on the home on two occasions, trying to flush Parker out.

The response team's discharge of weapons is under investigation, Mansfield police said.

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Information from: News Journal, http://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com