Standoff in Muskingum County

POSTED BY: Kim Tewalt
Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 09:57 PM

A domestic dispute in Trinway turned into a standoff with the Muskingum County Sheriff's Department.

"I saw all the cops run towards the house, get right beside it." said a neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous. "When I was over there they told us to get down, because the sniper was taking aim "

Neighbors and Sheriff cruisers lined the streets of Second Avenue in Trinway just after 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Dispatchers received multiple 911 calls that 32-year-old Alden Beatty had made threats toward himself and family members. According to Muskingum County Sheriff, Matt Lutz, the domestic issues started Wednesday at 12670 Second Avenue, and escalated into Thursday's standoff. Since Beatty refused to leave the home, Lutz said precautionary measures had to be taken.

"It was unclear whether there were in weapons inside, we were trying to ascertain what kind of threats were made to the family members." said the Sheriff. "So at that point we secured the outside of the residence and called the SWAT team in."

Beatty had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, after failing to show up for court earlier in the week. Lutz says Beatty is believed to be living in the garage behind the home, and was able to be coaxed out by his father and girlfriend.

"Sometimes family members are the only ones they will talk to." said Lutz "We play that on a case by case basis, you have to be observant and see what they are will to give us so we know what to give them."

Lutz says Beatty cooperated fully during his arrest, and was taken into custody for the failure to appear warrant. After his arrest, the Sheriff's Department swept both the garage and the home, but found nothing out of the ordinary. He says at this time they don't believe that Beatty was under the influence.

"Didn't smell any alcohol on his breath to think that he was under the influence of alcohol, but without a drug test we wouldn't really know what he has been doing." said Lutz.

One neighbor says the home is normally quiet, and he never expected something like this would happen in his neighborhood.

"If you were walking by, you wouldn't hear anything from them." said the neighbor.

Sheriff Lutz says it isn't uncommon for his department to respond to domestic violence cases, but not ones of this extent.

"Domestic violence is one of the hardest cases we handle because of the unknown factors that are involved when the officers get there, and we treat them very seriously when we get a call." he said. "We have a lot of domestic violence cases every day that don't escalate quite this far."

The Sheriff's department will continue to investigate the incident to determine whether or not Beatty will be charged for any of the alleged threats.

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