Months after police standoff, Mansfield house is no more

The site of a day-long standoff with police in Mansfield in April.

MANSFIELD, Ohio (WCMH) — Five months after a “doomsday prepper” opened fire on police at his home in Mansfield, the remnants of that day have all but disappeared.

58-year-old David Parker was killed by a highway patrol sharp shooter after more than a day of shooting more than 100 rounds of military grade bullets at police.

The house in Mansfield after a police standoff in April.
David Parker’s house in Mansfield after a police standoff in April.

He became enraged after a gas company employee came by to read a meter.

The standoff lasted for 27 hours.

He exchanged gunfire with police, and special SWAT teams.

His house was riddled with gunfire from police and heavily damaged from bulldozers that tried to knock down the home.

Now, it looks more like a park.

Recently, the house was taken over by a Richland County/City of Mansfield land bank.

That is getting rid of the memory of what happened here.

Then, late this summer the structure was removed, the yard was reseeded and trees were replanted.

The life of the property was renewed.

Neighbors will never forget what happened here.

“Probably the most wild thing I’ve witnessed,” said neighbor Frank Gonzalas. “I’ve witnessed some pretty wild stuff in my life. But this one I was up close for it. This was definitely the topper.”

His family’s home was also shot dozens of times.

“I counted about 50 bullet holes,” Gonzalas said. “They might not have all been bullet holes, but they were holes in the siding there were holes that came up through the windows into the ceiling.”

But at least they won’t be reminded of it every time they walk outside.

According to the law director the land bank, is working with neighbors to sell the land to them. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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