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Man Arrested Following Four-Hour Standoff with Deputies

By: Brooks Jarosz; Kristen Schneider Email
By: Brooks Jarosz; Kristen Schneider Email

BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man has been arrested following a four-hour standoff with deputies and a SWAT team.

Boone County Sheriff's Deputies tell WSAZ.com Ernest Ulbrich, 47, of Danville, is charged with two felony counts of wanton endangerment by use of a firearm.

They say several neighbors reported hearing gunshots coming from Ulbrich's trailer on Six Mile Road just after 3 a.m. Sunday.

"He was putting the neighborhood basically in danger with the shots he was firing and just random violence," Sheriff Rodney Miller said. "He's known by most of the law enforcement officers in the area of having mental issues."

When deputies arrived on scene, they found several windows had been busted out. They say Ulbrich communicated with them initially, but then retreated to the back of the home, refusing to come out.

"It was clear that he was not coming out," Sheriff Miller said. "He had made multiple threats that if any of our guys came in to get him, he would kill them."

Deputies say they asked neighbors to evacuate their homes for safety reasons.

About four hours later, a SWAT team went into the trailer and arrested Ulbrich. Deputies say they found several firearms and ammunition inside.

They say Ulbrich has a history of mental health issues and has been dealt with by numerous law enforcement agencies in the past.

"He's got to have some help because he's going to wind up killing himself or killing someone else," Sheriff Miller said. "That was our concern at this point."

Before Ulbrich was taken to jail, WSAZ.com caught up with him and asked why he was firing a shotgun in his home.

"I don't know," Ernest Ulbrich said. "It sounded like a dog gone civil war going on around my house."

Ulbrich added, "I was scared to death all night long..."

Ulbrich is being held in the Southwestern Regional Jail and was arraigned Sunday afternoon.


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