MASSILLON - Massillon police were shot at Friday on the anniversary of another officer's death.
40-year-old Steven Bubenchik Jr. was arrested and charged with three counts of attempted murder after firing the shots at Massillon police during a standoff.
Officers responded to Geiger Avenue for a call to check on the welfare of a man at about 2:30 a.m.
According to police, the welfare check quickly turned into a standoff and multiple units responded to the scene.
NewsChannel5 confirmed that several Massillon police vehicles were hit by an array of bullets, shattering some windows on the vehicles. No officers were injured.
Police barricaded Geiger Avenue between 6 th and 8 th streets Southwest as officers called the man's name trying to get him to surrender peacefully, according to the NewsChannel5 crew at the scene.
A couple of hours later, the man walked out of the house and surrendered to police.
This incident could not have come at a worse time for Massillon police officers. Eleven years ago today, Massillon officer Eric Taylor, 31, was killed in the line of duty. (Read more at http://5.wews.com/nM324 )
Taylor was shot and killed following a vehicle and foot pursuit of a suspect that ended near Cherry Road and First Street Northwest.
The chase began when a state trooper made a traffic stop at Ohio 21 and Edwards Street in Doylestown. During the stop, the suspect opened fire on the trooper and fled.
The suspect's vehicle became stuck in a field and Patrolman Taylor and the suspect exchanged gunfire while still in their vehicles. The suspect then fled on foot and continued to exchange gunfire with Patrolman Taylor and other officers as they pursued him. Both Patrolman Taylor and the suspect were fatally wounded.
Patrolman Taylor had been employed with the Massillon Police Department for four years, and is survived by his wife, 3-year-old son, and 1-year-old daughter.
One of the officers who was at the scene of Friday morning's standoff was with Taylor when he died.