Akron homicide suspect arrested after standoff in Scio

SCIO — A suspect in an Akron homicide was taken into custody after a brief standoff in Scio on Monday.

Harrison County Sheriff Joe Myers said 24-year-old Charles Deel was taken into custody after a warrant was served at 302 W. Main St. in the village. The sheriff’s department assisted the U.S. Marshals Service with the fugitive’s apprehension.

Deel was wanted by authorities in the Summit County area in connection with a murder that occurred in Akron. The victim was fatally shot.

When officers attempted to enter the Scio residence, Deel threatened to commit suicide with his gun, according to a release issued by the sheriff’s office.

Law enforcement agents were able to calm the situation and after approximately 30 minutes of speaking with the suspect, he exited the residence without any further incident.

“I’m just glad it came out peaceful and we didn’t have to use any bullets,” Myers said of the incident.

During the apprehension, Ohio 151 and Main Street were temporarily closed by the Ohio Department of Transportation. Traffic was detoured around the area amid the law enforcement operation.

Due to potential safety concerns, homes near the incident were also evacuated.

“Neighboring residences were evacuated during the short standoff for the safety of other local residents,” a news release states.

Myers said Deel was transported back to Akron following his arrest.


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