Wakeman woman stands by her man in police standoff

The fianceé of a Wakeman man who was arrested after holding police at bay for two hours said he was afraid and never threatened to hurt her. Jacquie Hale said she and her fiancé, Gerald Hunter, stepped out onto the porch of their home Monday to go to a friend's place so Hunter could target-shoot. That's when they saw police and ducked back into their home.
Sandusky Register Staff
May 12, 2010

The fianceé of a Wakeman man who was arrested after holding police at bay for two hours said he was afraid and never threatened to hurt her.

Jacquie Hale said she and her fiancé, Gerald Hunter, stepped out onto the porch of their home Monday to go to a friend's place so Hunter could target-shoot. That's when they saw police and ducked back into their home.

She said he was afraid of being arrested on two outstanding warrants, one for violation of probation for restitution and the other for contempt of fines, costs and counseling. She said they watched as officers surrounded their home.

"He was telling me, 'Stay with me, stay with me,'" Hale said. "We were scared they might open fire on him."

Hale said it was frightening looking out the window to see officers in tactical gear with guns mounted on tripods pointed at their home.

She said he repeatedly told her and law enforcement in the following two hours he had no plans to hurt Hale, the woman he loved.

"It was a suicidal situation," Hale said, adding she was afraid he might kill himself. "He is the one who is going to need help."

Instead, she said, he is in jail.

Hunter later appeared in Huron Municipal Court, where his bond was set at $30,000 for a charge of abduction and $20,000 on a charge of inducing panic. He could also face charges from Perkins police, pending an investigation.

Hunter has a prior history of domestic violence. Hale said, however, he has been doing well in keeping his temper under control.

The day began when the two went to NOMS HeathCare on Ohio 4 to get pain medication for him. She said Hunter broke his back a couple of years ago on a dirt bike and has been in pain since.

She said he has suffered depression in the past but had been doing better since December. On Monday it was more severe.

"With the pain he can't help it," Hale said.

Staff at NOMS referred him to the emergency room. That is when Hunter said he knew where the doctor was, that he would buy his drugs on the street, and that if that did not work, he would blow his head off if the doctor did not help him, according to police reports.

That comment was taken as a threat against the doctor, but Hunter said he was talking about himself.

Perkins police called Wakeman police asking them to stop at the house to check on Hunter. That was when they saw Hunter on the porch with Hale, a gun at his side, Wakeman police Chief Tim Hunker.

Wakeman police, Huron County Sheriff Special Response Team and a K-9 unit arrived to surround the home and evacuate those living nearby.

Hunter was taken into custody shortly after 9 p.m.

Hale said during the situation she or Hunter were in constant contact by cell phone with law enforcement officials and family members.