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Summit County deputies arrest man following SWAT standoff; authorities say suspect shot and killed his dog

Louis Shipka was allegedly drunkenly threatening to shoot his dog and, after eventually killing the animal, barricaded himself inside a home with several firearms.

GREEN, Ohio — A Summit County man is facing several charges after he allegedly killed his pet and forced police into a standoff early Tuesday morning.

The county sheriff's office says deputies were called to a Green home just after midnight for reports of an intoxicated individual making threatening statements, including threats to shoot his dog. The 34-year-old eventually did fatally shoot the animal and barricaded himself inside the residence, refusing to come out even after authorities arrived on scene.

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The suspect was eventually identified as Louis Shipka, and officials say he had holed himself up in his basement with "a large amount of firearms" inside. SWAT negotiators were dispatched to the scene before deputies ended up raiding the home and arresting Shipka.

Shipka is currently being held in the Summit County Jail on a felony charge of cruelty to animals as well as misdemeanor charges of using weapons while intoxicated, discharge of a firearm in city limits, obstructing official business, and resisting arrest. He is due to appear in Barberton Municipal Court Monday morning.

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