Police say man shot, killed himself after shooting his way into Cuyahoga Falls home

by STeve wiandt | REPORTER Published:

Cuyahoga Falls -- Police say a man who had threatened to kill two women died after shooting himself when police confronted him at a Cuyahoga Falls house where shots had been heard Feb. 16.

According to the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department Facebook page, the suspect has been identified as Robert A. Mann, 22, from Rittman.

City police responded at 11:27 p.m. Feb. 16 to a 23rd Street residence to investigate a call that shots were fired, according to press release from the police department. Officers were advised that an ex-boyfriend of one of the residents had come to the house and shot out a door. When officers arrived, they found the back glass door was shot out.

The suspect was found hiding in the basement. Officers confronted the armed suspect and he shot himself in the head with a 9 mm handgun, according to the press release.

He was transported by Cuyahoga Falls EMS to Akron City Hospital where he died, according to Falls Police Chief Jack Davis.

No residents or officers were reported injured.

Officers found that Mann had an AK-47 assault rifle, 9 mm handgun, over 140 rounds of ammunition and numerous cable ties.

Earlier in the night, the Summit County Sheriff's Office put out a BOLO ("be on the lookout") in reference to the suspect stating that he had made threats to kill his mother and ex-girlfriend. The ex-girlfriend's name and address were not known until after the call about the gunshots came into dispatch, police stated in the release.

The recordings of two 911 calls reveal the father, mother and daughter who lived in the home locked themselves in a third-floor bedroom during the incident.

Calls were made to 911 by the ex-girlfriend and her father. The father told a dispatcher his daughter's ex-boyfriend, who he identified as Mann, broke into the house and fired a rifle at the door.

"He pointed a gun at me and I told him to get out of here," the father said. He called from the first floor.

When the ex-girlfriend called 911, she was hiding in her brother's third-floor bedroom with her mother.

"My ex has a gun outside my house," she told the dispatcher. "He shot a door open … Come quickly, OK? I don't want to go downstairs. I'm really scared."

Midway through his daughter's call, the father joined her and her mother on the third floor and got on the phone. The dispatcher told him to lock the bedroom door.

"We've got the house surrounded, but I need you stay quiet," the dispatcher told the father.

The dispatcher told the father when officers entered the house to do a sweep of the residence.

"Stay still," the dispatcher told the father, "[Officers] know where you're hiding."

"Shots fired," an officer stated over the radio to dispatchers.

A dispatcher said a squad was on the way.

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