Man surrenders after hours-long standoff at Sebring home

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Several officers and an ambulance went to E. Florida Avenue, between 14th and 15th streets

SEBRING, Ohio (WKBN) – A standoff between a suspect and police lasted nearly six hours in Sebring on Friday.

It began just after 11 a.m. at a house in the 100 block of E. Florida Avenue.

Police said they were called after the suspect, Derek Rinehart, refused to leave the house.

According to police, Rinehart threatened to harm himself when they arrived and asked to speak with state negotiators.

Eventually, Rinehart left voluntarily around 5 p.m.

“He said that he would not [leave] unless he spoke to Ohio State Patrol and so we got their negotiator here and we were able to get him out unharmed,” said Sebring Police Chief Ray Harris.

Rinehart was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

Investigators found no weapons inside the house, but said there was a gasoline smell.

The incident is still under investigation.

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