Firefighter held hostage in Amherst says suspect thought police would kill him

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AMHERST, Ohio- Assistant South Amherst Fire Chief Dennis Hevener says he is so thankful that everyone involved in Wednesday night's hostage situation is OK.

The Lorain County Sheriff's Office said Roy Griffith Jr. held three firefighters at gunpoint after they responded to a brush fire Wednesday night.

"We just tried to keep him calm," Hevener said. "In my 35 years, I never had anything like this happen to me."

Hevener said he never felt his life was in danger.  He said the suspect just keep saying he only wanted a beer and his prescription medicine.

"At one point, he said 'I hope you guys aren't too traumatized when they kill me,' and I said that's not going to happen," Hevener told FOX 8 News.

Griffth released the firefighters after nearly two hours. He pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and assault charges.

No one was injured.

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