Officers take Blan man into custody

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BLANCHESTER — A two-hour standoff with police ended with officers removing a man from a house and no reported injuries, police said.

Shortly before 1 a.m. Friday police were called to 311 N. Wright St. for a report of a man with a gun who was suicidal, according to a news release from Blanchester Police Chief Scott Reinbolt,

Ptl. Micah Day responded and requested assistance from the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, with several deputies responding.

Ptl. Day learned that the man inside the house was Richard Williams, 34, and that he was alone in the home, stated Reinbolt.

“Williams apparently called an out-of-state relative, said he was going to commit suicide, and the person he called phoned police, resulting in Ptl. Day’s response to the home,” said Reinbolt.

“Despite repeated requests, Williams refused to come out of the house,” Reinbolt said. “Williams’ wife was out of state and was contacted and asked to speak to Williams on the telephone to try to get him to come out of the house, and she did so, but was not successful. A relative of Williams’ came to the scene and also encouraged him to come out of the house; he was also unsuccessful. We appreciate their assistance.

“Efforts to get Williams to exit the house lasted for two hours. During conversations with Williams, Ptl. Day began to believe Williams was intoxicated. Information was gathered indicating there were several firearms in the residence.”

Ptl. Day forced entry to the home with several sheriff’s deputies assisting, said Reinbolt.

“They found Williams in the kitchen of the residence and took custody of him without incident. No one was injured in the effort. No firearm was found in the house, but Williams stated he put his handgun away when police arrived.”

Williams was charged with inducing panic and misconduct at an emergency, both misdemeanor offenses. He will answer the charges in the Clinton County Municipal Court.

“We are appreciative of the assistance of the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office in this incident,” said Reinbolt.

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