ATHENS - Athens County sheriff's deputies responded to E. Kasler Creek, Amesville, in regard to shots fired about 10:20 a.m. Friday.
Sheriff Patrick Kelly said family members at the Ohio residence called 911 and reported a 44-year-old male family member had shot his dog and fired other shots. The man had an AK-47 and would not put the gun down, officials said.
Kelly said a brother and sister of the shooter were in the residence. Deputies secured the perimeter of the residence and the sheriff's special response team was activated.
Central Communications Officer Teresa Savage communicated with a brother of the shooter during the standoff, officials said.
According to reports, the sister of the shooter was permitted to exit the residence, but the brother was still in danger in the kitchen of the home. The brother attempted to talk the shooter into putting down the weapon and exiting the home, reports said.
The man was standing in the kitchen window of the residence with his finger allegedly on the trigger of the weapon.
Around noon the special response team made contact with the shooter and secured him without incident.
The man was taken to Tri-County Mental Health and Counseling to be evaluated. The names of the man and family members were not released because there have been no charges filed. Upon a mental health evaluation, charges will be filed, Kelly said.