RAVENNA, Ohio (WJW) – An emergency situation at the Ravenna VA Clinic has been resolved, according to police.
According to a release from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, a VA employee was walking into work at around 8:15 a.m. and noticed a man kneeling on the ground outside. The employee immediately notified the clinic’s security officer, who went out to talk with the man.
At that time, the man fired one shot into the air near the flagpole outside the clinic. The security guard then ran back inside the building and secured it, called authorities and put the facility’s emergency response plan into place.
FOX 8 began receiving reports from viewers about a heavy police presence around the facility around 9 a.m.
The clinic is located at 6751 N. Chestnut St. Ravenna High School is about half a mile away.
The Ravenna Police Department and VA Police responded to the scene and were able to get the man to surrender with no injuries to himself or others. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
“We are thankful that VA staff and local law enforcement acted swiftly and appropriately to ensure the safety of all involved today,” said Jill Dietrich Mellon, JD, MBA, FACHE, VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System CEO, in the release. “We would also like to applaud the swift actions of our VA employee who noticed the man in distress and alerted authorities, and the actions of our security guard to keep everyone safe. We all play a role in caring for those in crisis.”
The facility said it does have resources available for veterans experiencing a mental health crisis: The Veterans Crisis Line can be reached at 1-800-273-8255, Press 1.
The clinic will remain closed for the rest of the day. All patients scheduled for appointments will be called to reschedule.