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Police: hostage situation at Strongsville apartments cleared without injuries

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - Police have allowed residents back into Building 4 of the Chestnut Lake Apartments in Strongsville after they were evacuated earlier Sunday afternoon.

Police tell Fox 8 that this was a domestic violence situation that began around 2 p.m. when a gunshot was fired. The suspect, Jason Edmister, was inside an apartment with the weapon and one other person.

"I heard a loud shot pretty close to the fourth floor, I don't know where exactly, I came outside and tried to come out and see what it happening, initially it was just one police vehicle," said Chestnut Lake Apartment resident, Adrian Bailey.

A number of law enforcement agencies were called in to assist in the situation, and snipers were positioned on nearby buildings.

 

By 4 p.m., the scene had been cleared, with Edmister in custody and the suspect unharmed.

"It just seems to be getting worse here," said Kathy Newton, who wasn't home when the violence started.

"You expect this to be on the east side or other parts of the town or country, but not in your backyard," said resident, Marty Thompson.

Edmister is in the Strongsville jail Sunday evening and is scheduled to be arraigned on domestic violence charges in Berea on Monday morning.