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Updated: 11:18 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 | Posted: 11:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014

Standoff in Centerville ends in man's arrest


Scene of standoff in Centerville, Aug. 1, 2014 photo
Jim Noelker/Staff
Scene of standoff in Centerville, Aug. 1, 2014
Matthew Finster photo
Matthew Finster

By Frazier Smith

Breaking News Staff


The standoff in Centerville on Friday night ended when police used a Taser and a bean bag round from a shotgun on a man who advanced on officers with a baseball bat after threatening them and his children, a police official said.

Once subdued, the suspect, identified as 35-year-old Matthew Finster, was taken to a hospital, said Officer John Davis, Centerville Police Department public information officer.

Police were dispatched to a condominium on Overbrook Drive at about 9:20 p.m. after a call from a resident reporting a custody dispute over his children involving his wife, who was not at the condo, Davis said.

Finster allegedly uttered threats toward one of the officers who responded to the address as well as toward his two children, ages 2 and 5, Davis said. He became increasingly agitated with the officer and locked himself inside the condo with the children.

Davis said that as police were setting up a perimeter to control the situation, Finster came out of the condo carrying a baseball bat, continuing his threats toward the officer and the children.

It was at that point police used what Davis described as less lethal means to subdue the man.

The children are in the custody of police, who have called Montgomery County Children Services, Davis said.

Finster is being held in the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of numerous misdemeanor charges, including aggravated menacing, child endangering; inducing panic; obstructing official business; disorderly conduct; and resisting arrest, online jail records show. He is scheduled to be in court Monday morning.

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