Neighbors React to Coshocton Stand-Off

by Emily Baird on July 13, 2010 at 6:52 am

Neighbors along South 5th Street say they’re happy the incident didn’t escalate into something worse.

"They’re good people. They live next door to me. My nephews play with them and all. I never expected this," says neighbor Troy Gallagher.

Gallagher lives directly next door to 345 South 5th Street where this morning’s stand-off took place. He says he knew there was some tension in the home.

"They were fighting last night, and I heard her tell him he needed to move out. It wasn’t long after that that I didn’t see them the rest of the evening, and then this morning all this came up, " says Gallagher.

But other neighbors never heard a peep from the home.

"The people moved in there like 3 or 4 months ago, and the kids are out back all the time. I never heard a voice raised or anything, " says neighbor Charles Gonter.

Everything changed this morning when the Coshocton County Sheriff’s office surrounded Payton at the home.

"I’d seen 5 people in full gear and SWAT unit with shotguns, rifles, and they have their shields. There’s at least 5 other sheriff’s out back too, " says Gonter.

Neighbors say they didn’t fear for their safety. They were told to stay inside their homes and a portion of South 5th Street was blocked off.

"It was kind of a shock to even see it go on. It gets your adrenaline flowing for the morning, " says Gonter.

37-year-old Jason Payton was eventually taken into custody. Gonter says he felt the deputies had full control of the situation the entire time.

"Anytime you don’t know what’s going to happen with a situation like. So, yeah, I’d say they did an excellent job, " says Gonter.

Payton’s next-door neighbor, Gallagher, says he was aware that the Cambridge native was having financial issues and a hard time finding a job.