Standoff With 80-Year-Old Man In Meigs County Over

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Updated Tue, May 21, 2013 4:50 pm

UPDATE 4:48 p.m. Shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, a domestic dispute turned stand-off with police that began around noon on Monday finally concluded in Meigs County.

A post was made on the Meigs County Sheriff's Office's Facebook page announcing that the 80-year-old male keeping police at bay was taken into custody.

"After a long battle, the standoff is finally over! We have the male in custody. Nobody was hurt in this incident. We want to thank everyone that was involved," the post stated.

Police blockaded Route 248 leading to a home about two miles from Route 7 in Meigs County. Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood said that an 80-year-old man had barricaded himself in his home. Wood reported the man is armed with a gun. The man's name was not released on Tuesday.

The sheriff said deputies had talked to the man over the phone, but he still refused to come out of the house. The man’s son was also at the scene.

Wood reported that the man was alone in the house and that the domestic dispute involved a friend.

“Mainly we want the community to know that everything is OK, we're just trying to talk him out of the house right now without anyone getting hurt," said Wood Tuesday. "People get upset with each other and have arguments. But to turn it to this level and have one of our officers threatened ... it's just something we're trying to get under control. But people just need to control themselves."

Route 248 was closed in both directions in the area where the stand-off took place.

The Ohio Highway Patrol and several other police agencies were on scene and a SWAT team was also on scene Monday.


A domestic dispute that turned into a police standoff is now nearly 20 hours old.

The standoff is taking place at a home about two miles out State Route 248 from State Route 7 in Meigs County, Ohio. It started about noon on Monday.

Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood says that an 80-year-old man has barricaded himself in his home. Wood says the man is armed with a gun.

Wood says deputies have been talking to the man over the phone, but he is still refusing to come out of the house. The man’s son is also at the scene.

The Sheriff says the man is alone in the house. He says the dispute involved a friend.

“Mainly we want the community to know that everything is ok, were just trying to talk him out of the house right now without anyone getting hurt," said Wood. "People get upset with each other and have arguments. But to turn it to this level and have one of our officers threatened...it's just something we're trying to get under control. But people just need to control themselves. "

SR 248 remains closed in both directions in the area where the standoff is taking place.

The Ohio Highway Patrol and several other police agencies are involved in the standoff.

A SWAT team was also at the scene Monday afternoon.

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