“I saw Jimmy stick his head out, and the next thing I remember, he comes out with a can of Bush-baked beans with brown sugar, hits the suspect in the upper body and distracts him,” Sheriff Tommy Ford said.
YOUNGSTOWN – Thursday’s standoff between Sheriff Tommy Ford, Deputy Chief Joel Heep and Major Jimmy Stanford and the man with the hammer that started with a call from an armed criminal and one man ended after Stanford snuck behind a suspect in a grocery store aisle and power Friday said they hit him on the back with two cans of beans.
“I saw Jimmy stick his head out, the next thing I remember, he comes out with a can of Bush-baked beans with brown sugar, hit the suspect in the upper body and distracts him,” Ford said. “And then he does it again, and the suspect … Joel was able to deflect the blow and block his hand. It was a fight, we fought. ”
Justin Tyler Stanford, 25, has been charged with assaulting an officer with a lethal weapon, resisting a violent arrest, DUI and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, and a bail hearing has been scheduled today. He was rushed to the hospital after being held in custody to treat his injuries in the crash before showing up at Rainbow Grocery Store, 11798 U.S. 231, from where 911 calls started.
A trio of law enforcement officials were driving to lunch in Coram, near County 2301, when calls started coming in, including those saying the man was armed, fired at least one shot, and that someone had been shot. The sheriff was driving, and they continued north, arriving first from law enforcement. At the time, they were waiting for a man armed with a gun, so Ford and Heep donned vests and grabbed their rifles while Stanford tried to establish a telephone connection with the man inside.
But before he could, he said, the suspect walked out into the street, holding a hammer as if it were a pistol, pointed it at them, then retreated back to the store, and all three assistants followed. Ford and Heep, with rifles and vests.
Heep said that the man “came up to me and hit me with a hammer, I blocked the blow and hit him with the butt of my gun, and that threw him back into the lotion tray or something, it’s all over the place,” Heep said. said.
At that moment, the man stepped back, Heep and Ford followed him down the aisle, the sheriff tried to “calm him down,” Heep said.
“Then he suddenly went crazy again, and when he raised the hammer, Jimmy continued his bean attack,” Heep said.
At this moment, Stanford, when all three still believed that this man had a gun somewhere and that someone had been shot, ran parallel to the next aisle: “I think he will come back to me, and perhaps I can grab him, ”Stanford said. “For some reason, he turned when he got very close and saw me, and my element of surprise disappeared, so here we are, the three of us.”
Stanford said he first took a few steps back before grabbing a 16-ounce can of baked beans from the shelf at the end of the aisle and making a decision.
“I thought I could take them and hit him with them, and they’re not going to kill him — a less deadly alternative,” Stanford said. “And that should divert his attention from the sheriff and the boss, and they can hold him back.”
In a video obtained by The News Herald, Stanford throws cans and the suspect dives on impact. After the second blow, the suspect cringed even lower.
“After Jimmy hit him a couple of times, he turns and looks at Jimmy, then turns and looks at the Sheriff and me, and charges,” Heep said. “I reached out and caught his hand swinging a hammer at me, he was slow. And then the sheriff grabbed him.
When the suspect is in jail and on reflection, Ford said he might know why things turned out so well on Thursday.
“This is a sensible attitude,” he said.