Butler County Times Gazette
  • Douglass stand-off ends without injury

  • A stand off in Douglass ended peacefully Monday evening.
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  • A stand off in Douglass ended peacefully Monday evening.
    Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet said his office received a call a little before 7 p.m. of shots fired at 412 E. First in Douglass.
    Deputies were dispatched to the location and set up a perimeter around the residence. They attempted to make contact with the suspect and were able to contact the man in the home by phone.
    "While making contact, deputies heard three more shots and lost contact," Herzet said.
    After that the SWAT team was called in. SWAT team members relieved some of the deputies on the perimeter due to the cold and Douglass fire also assisted with the perimeter.
    Herzet said the negotiator was able to make contact again and talk to the man in the home.
    The man was found to be under the influence of alcohol, was having problems with his wife and had quit his job.
    The negotiator was ale to get the man to surrender and exit through the make door, after which he was taken to St. Joseph for a mental evaluation at about 9:30.
    He could face charges of discharging a weapon in the city limits, but that has not been decided yet.
    The man was the only person in the home and deputies found several shell casings in the home. Herzet said he had shot holes in the walls.
    "At no time was any resident in Douglass in harms way," Herzet said.
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