UPDATE: Elderly Man Charged in Meigs County Standoff

By: WSAZ News Staff
By: WSAZ News Staff
More Video...

UPDATE 6/5/13
MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The elderly man involved in a 27-hour standoff with law enforcement in Meigs County has now been charged in connection with the incident.

According to court records, 83-year-old Jackie Richie is charged with third-degree felony abduction.

The standoff began on May 20 at Richie’s home along Route 248 in Meigs County.

The Sheriff’s Office says it started with a fight between Richie and his business partner. When a deputy arrived to take a report on the situation, the Sheriff says Richie pumped a shell into a shotgun and waved it toward the deputy.

For 27 hours, an army of law enforcement from half a dozen counties camped outside the house. Finally after tear gas was shot into the house, the standoff came to an end when Richie peacefully came out of the house and surrendered.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 5/2/13 @ 6 p.m.
MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Deputies recovered the shotgun they say an elderly man waved at a deputy when he came to take a report.

That action sparked a 27-hour standoff on Route 248 in Meigs County.

The suspect, 83-year-old Jack Richie, is now in custody and receiving medical care. Folks who know him best say they're shocked by the turn of events.

Roger Keller has known Jack Richie his whole life.

"Just a good friend," Keller said.

They grew up side by side... lived next door to each other... went to school together. Roger says even in his wildest dreams, he never expected anything like this.

"I just couldn't hardly believe that it was Jack," Keller said. "Because its not like him."

It all started with fight between Jack and his business partner. When a deputy arrived to take a report on the situation, the Sheriff says Jack pumped a shell into a shotgun and waved it toward the deputy.

"They said he came out with a gun. What do you think he was trying to do?" WSAZ.com asked.

"I don't know," Keller said. "That's beyond me. I never seem him with any gun."

For 27 hours, an army of law enforcement from half a dozen counties camped outside Jack's house. Finally, just after 3, the Meigs County Sheriff made the call to use tear gas to force Jack out of the home.

"He came out peacefully," Sheriff Keith Wood said. "We arrested him and we're taking him to the hospital to get checked out right now. Get him some help at a local hospital."

The sheriff says Jack has several medical conditions that were contributing to the situation, and the ending could've been much worse.

"Was it drastic to do what we did? We gave it every option we could for about 27 hours," Wood said. "Gave him every chance to come out and we exhausted very option we could. So thank goodness he's okay and That's a good ending."

If it had been up to Roger, though... He had another idea.

"If they wanted to pick him up, they could've just went to McDonalds," Keller said. "He goes down there every morning for breakfast."

Either way, everyone here is just happy no one was hurt.



UPDATE 5/21/13 @ 3:45 p.m.
MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A standoff between police and an elderly man has ended with the suspect in custody and safe.

The standoff began Monday about noon at the home of Jack Ritchie along State Route 248 in Meigs County.

Sheriff Keith Wood tells WSAZ.com that Jack Ritchie, who is 83-years-old, had barricaded himself in his home, and was armed with shotgun. No one else was in the house.

The Sheriff says the incident began as a business disagreement between Ritchie and a friend that went wrong. Wood says both men called the Sheriff’s Office and when a deputy arrived at the house, Richie pointed a gun at the deputy.

Earlier, Sheriff Wood told WSAZ.com the goal was to get Ritchie out of the house safely. He also said that Ritchie is a diabetic and has dementia.

Investigators say that tear gas was shot into the home about 3:30 Tuesday afternoon, forcing Richie out when he was apprehended without incident.

According to the sheriff's department, Ritchie is currently undergoing evaluations at an area hospital. No one was hurt.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 5/21/13 @ 10:15 a.m.
MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The Meigs County Sheriff says negotiations have resumed in a police standoff that began about noon on Monday.

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.

Sheriff Keith Wood tells WSAZ.com that Jack Ritchie, who is in his 80’s, barricaded himself in his home. Wood says that Ritchie is armed with a shotgun and that no one else is in the house.

Wood says deputies have been talking to Richie over the phone, but he is still refusing to come out of the house. His son was called to the scene late Monday afternoon and has been in communication with his father.

The Sheriff says the incident began as a business disagreement between Richie and a friend that went wrong. Wood says both men called the Sheriff’s Office and that when a deputy arrived at the house, Richie pointed a gun at the deputy

Sheriff Wood also tells WSAZ.com that the goal is to get Ritchie out of the house safely and that authorities are playing on his terms. He also said that Richie is a Diabetic and has dementia. He says right now authorities don’t want to push the situation.

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

The Meigs County Sheriff's Office and special response teams out of Gallia, Hocking and Fairfield Counties are involved in the standoff.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 5/21/13 @ 7:30 a.m.
MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A domestic dispute that turned into a police standoff that has been going on for nearly 20 hours.

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 tells WSAZ.com that a man in his 80s has barricaded himself in his home. Wood says the man is armed with 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 s closed in both directions in the area where the standoff is taking place.

The Meigs County Sheriff's Office and Ohio Highway Patrol, along with several other police agencies, are involved in the standoff.

A SWAT team was also at the scene Monday afternoon.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 5/20/13 @ 5:45 p.m.
MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A domestic violence situation has turned into a standoff with deputies in Meigs County, Ohio.

Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood tells WSAZ.com that a man in his 80s has barricaded himself in his home.

Deputies have been able to get in contact with the man over the phone, but he is still refusing to come out of the house.

Sheriff Wood says the standoff started as a domestic violence situation at a home about two miles out State Route 248 from State Route 7 in Chester Township.

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

We have a crew at the scene.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY 5/20/13
MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A standoff involving several law enforcement agencies is underway in rural Meigs County Ohio.

The situation is taking place about two miles out State Route 248 from State Route 7 in Chester Township.

Our crew on the scene says members of an armed swat team have surrounded a residence in a wooded area.

Multiple members of the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office and Ohio Highway Patrol Officers are on the scene.

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

Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood has not released any information about the standoff since it is an ongoing situation.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WSAZ NewsChannel 3 645 Fifth Avenue Huntington, WV 25701 304-697-4780 WSAZ Charleston 111 Columbia Avenue Charleston, WV 25302 304-344-3521
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 208185061 - wsaz.com/a?a=208185061
Gray Television, Inc.