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Man arrested in SWAT standoff charged with abduction

As a precaution, a spokesperson with Southwestern City Schools said the elementary school would remain closed Monday.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A man is in custody after a SWAT standoff Monday morning that prompted a nearby west Columbus elementary school to close.  

Franklin County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team members surrounded a home on Darbyhurst Road where officials said a man, later identified as 37-year-old Henry Moses Benjamin Fischer, was barricaded inside. 

Fischer was taken into custody a short time later and officials said no one was injured in the process. 

According to court documents, the day before the standoff, Fischer reportedly pointed an AR-15 rifle at another man and ordered him to get into a vehicle and drive the two of them around in search of Fischer's girlfriend. 

Fischer is charged with abduction in connection to the incident. It is unknown at this time if he will face other charges related to the standoff.    

Prairie Lincoln Elementary School closed as a precaution in response to the standoff and staff members were asked to not report to the building.

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