SWAT Officers Find Barricaded Man Wearing Choir Robe, Holding Piece Of Glass Inside Church


UPDATED: Thursday October 4, 2012 5:22 PM

A man was taken into custody Thursday after police found him barricaded inside a church.

Investigators said that neighbors first called authorities when they heard a man running down a street screaming for help around 1 a.m.

"We were sleeping, and we heard somebody outside somewhere screaming like six times, 'Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god," said one call.

Another caller reported that the man was screaming "I need help."

Police responded and found broken glass and blood near the doorway of the Covenant Presbyterian Church, located along Ridgecliff Road and Sciotangy Drive.

Officers also found a pile of clothes outside.

Inside of the church, police said that they found a 20-year-old man wearing a choir robe and holding a large piece of glass.

He threatened to kill himself and said he needed God.

Upper Arlington Police and Columbus SWAT officers worked to negotiate with the man.

Emergency crews took the man out of the church on a stretcher and transported him for medical treatment at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

"As people of faith, we extend love and grace to this young man and pray for healing and wholeness. We invite prayers on behalf of him and his family. We certainly do not harbor ill will," church officials released in a statement on Thursday.

 Authorities said that they believed the man, whose identity was not released, was under the influence of drugs at the time of the incident.

The man did not attend the church, according to the pastor.

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