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Hiram man indicted for pointing gun at police officer

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published: February 2, 2013 4:00 AM

A Hiram man who pointed a .44-caliber handgun at a police officer while intoxicated on Jan. 16 has been indicted by a Portage County grand jury on three criminal charges in connection with the standoff.

Steven J. Sargent, 44, of 6710 Bancroft Road, was indicted on one count each of felonious assault on a police officer, a first-degree felony, inducing panic, a fifth-degree felony, and using weapons while intoxicated, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Sargent pleaded not guilty to the charges at his recent arraignment in Portage County Common Pleas Court and is being held in the Portage County jail on $200,000 bond pending trial on April 2 in Judge John Enlow's courtroom, according to court records. A firearms specification to the felonious assault charge could net Sargent an additional mandatory three years in prison upon conviction.

Hiram police said Sargent was arrested just before 10 p.m. Jan. 16 for allegedly driving under the influence near his home, with a blood alcohol content that tested at 0.198, more than twice the legal limit. Sargent was arrested, booked and Brown gave him a ride back home.

Hiram Police Chief Ed Samec said Sargent went inside the apartment, and came back out with a .44-caliber Ruger Blackhawk handgun, which he pointed at Brown, and also put to his own head and inside his mouth.

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Brown and four other officers spent eight minutes talking to Sargent, Samec said, eventually convincing him to put the gun down and surrender peacefully. No one was injured.

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anonymous Feb 2, 2013 1:55 PM

Thank Gosh the Chief didn't need assistance from Major "CHAOS" Kelly of the Portage County Sheriff's Office, I'm afraid the outcome woulda been awhole lot different!

anonymous Feb 2, 2013 12:08 PM

Mr Sargent is lucky to be alive. Officer Brown showed great restraint. Had this happened in Aurora with the cop that shot the dog, the out come would have been different. Some years ago, didn't the Portage County Sheriffs deputies respond to a person threatening suicide and they shot and killed the person in their own house, because he/she wouldn't drop the gun?**** Rareearh57, Officer Brown did a fine job, along with the rest of the officers. Officer Brown and the Hiram PD, are excellent examples of Protect and Serve. They took a drunk off of the street, booked him, then Andy of Mayberry style, drove the drunk home. How great is that! Rareearth57, If you slowdown and go the speed limit, you won't have to worry about getting a ticket. Enforcing the speed limit is not a trap.

anonymous Feb 2, 2013 7:52 AM

I do not believe this man intentionally pointed a gun at anyone but himself. I have recently heard some bad things about the Hiram police department. For one thing they are running speed traps motorists beware.