UPDATE: Neighbors, Police Relieved at Peaceful End to Standoff in Vinton County

UPDATE: 11/9/13 @ 10:30 p.m.
VINTON COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) – After several tense hours Saturday morning, the suspect in a police standoff is now in the hospital and police say they’re relieved it all ended peacefully.

The Vinton County Sheriff’s Office got a tip Saturday morning about the location of Gary Michael Lemay, 29, who had a felony warrant out for his arrest. When they got to his sister’s house on East High Street in McArthur, deputies say Lemay came to the door with a knife to his own throat and threatened to kill himself, rather than face jail.

Sheriff Shawn Justice said Lemay told them he was high on meth and was addicted to the drug.

“He had even told us that he went trying to get into rehab couple weeks ago, but they put him on a 30 day waiting period,” Justice said. “He said he had just been up for days. He was tired, and from using the methamphetamine, his brain wasn't thinking clearly.”

Police say Lemay’s sister and her three children were in the house and that the sister sent her kids outside where they would be safe while she stayed inside voluntarily to calm her brother down.

“Nobody got hurt. There was no property damage,” Chief Tony Wood of the McArthur Police Department said. “It was a three and a half hour standoff, but sometimes you got to do that to make sure everything turns out right.”

Wood said that both he and Justice have known Lemay for several years and were able to convince him to let them inside.

Justice added, “I honestly think in his mind he wanted to come out of the house, but his mind wouldn’t let him come out because he was high on methamphetamine.”

Jessica Davis lives two doors down from where the standoff happened and has four young daughters. She said the situation was scary for her.

“It don’t make me feel good, but I know that our law enforcement around here are stepping up and trying to take care of the problem,” Davis said. “I try to do my best at locking my doors and stuff and I actually purchased a dog to help protect my children, but sometimes that's not enough.”

Another neighbor, Jori Schuetz, said she felt scared as well but was glad law enforcement officers took care of the situation.

“It’s scary in this little town when something like that happens, but I think the deputies done really good. Nobody got hurt,” Schuetz said.

Justice said he was not sure what the felony warrant on Lemay was for, but that it was a bench warrant issued by a judge from common pleas court. He said that Lemay will most likely not face any charges in connection with the standoff because he did not threaten anyone other than himself.

McArthur Police say that in the last month, they have had a total of three standoff situations like this one – something they believe is fueled by drugs.

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UPDATE: 11/9/13 @ 4:40 p.m.
MCARTHUR, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A man has been taken to the hospital for a medical evaluation after a police standoff Saturday morning.

The Vinton County Sheriff's office says they got a tip about the whereabouts of Gary Michael Lemay, 29, who had a warrant out for his arrest.

Deputies say Lemay met them at the door with a knife to his throat.

They say a woman and three children who are related to Lemay were also inside, but were able to leave without being in any danger.

It took deputies several hours to talk Lemay out of the home. He was then taken to O'bleness memorial Hospital in Athens for a medical evaluation.

MCARTHUR, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Vinton County sheriff's deputies are at the scene of a standoff at a home in McArthur, Ohio.

Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com they received a call about 8:30 a.m. Saturday about a disturbance at a home on East High Street and that deputies arrived about 15 minutes later. They say it's unclear what happened or even how many people are in the house right now, but they confirmed that there were children in the residence when they arrived and that all of them have made it out safely.

We have a crew on the way to the scene.

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