Officer shot several times in standoff, suspect also shot


SHEFFIELD LAKE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities near Cleveland say a police officer shot during a standoff was hit several times and is in critical condition.

Police say the Amherst officer was shot Thursday night when authorities tried to enter the man’s house after he refused to come out for several hours or talk with negotiators.

The officer was flown to a Cleveland hospital where he underwent surgery. Amherst’s police chief said Friday the officer Patrolman Eugene “JR” Ptacek is a 17-year veteran of the department.

Police say the suspect also was shot and eventually surrendered.

He was treated at a hospital and is being held in jail. He has not yet been charged in the standoff.

Sheffield Lake police Chief Tony Campo says authorities went to the house Thursday to serve a felony arrest warrant.

Information from: The Chronicle-Telegram, http://www.chronicletelegram.com

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