Hours-long standoff in Madison Township involving multiple weapons ends with suspect dead

MADISON TOWNSHIP, Ohio-- Investigators held a news conference Thursday afternoon after a SWAT situation in Madison Township left one man dead.

A woman at a home on Hazel Avenue in Madison Township called police at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday for a domestic dispute. She was already outside when they arrived.

Benjamin Ailstock

Madison Township police said the woman's husband, Benjamin Ailstock, 38, came out of the house briefly with a handgun. When he was asked to drop the weapon, he went back into the house. Police tried making contact with him and called the Lake County SWAT team about an hour later.

Authorities evacuated nearby residences as a precaution.

At one point, he came out of a window armed with a shotgun, but retreated without the weapon. Officers used the SWAT vehicle to retrieve the gun, which was loaded with deer slugs.

The SWAT team used a loud speaker to attempt communication with Ailstock for about five hours without success. After about five hours, they inserted a portable phone into the house, which Ailstock refused to answer.

The sheriff's office said Ailstock, holding a gun, came out of the house again. This time it was unexpected. He charged at the armored vehicle and the SWAT officers, refusing to obey commands to drop the gun. That's when he was shot twice by one officer.

Ailstock was pronounced dead at the hospital. Two officers also taken to the hospital for evaluation. They were not injured.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office said Ailstock had a lengthy criminal past and history of alcohol abuse.