Suspect under arrest after SWAT situation in North College Hill
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Police and SWAT responded to a home in North College Hill after reports of domestic violence and shots fired.
North College Hill Police were called to the 6800 block of Bake Avenue, near Goodman Avenue around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.
North College Hill police responded to the scene after reports of a domestic violence issue, potential shots fired, and a suspect on scene with a gun, according to North College Hill Chief of Police Ryan Schrand.
The suspect Kelly Richards, 38, threatened his girlfriend with a gun, telling her that he was going to shoot and kill her, and that he was going to kill all of the kids, said police.
His girlfriend’s 5 children, including a pregnant 19-year-old, were inside the home when the incident started. A 17-year-old son did try to intervene before the mother and her 5 children escaped the home safely.
Richards tried to fire several shots at the 17-year-old as the family escaped.
“When the officers got there, there were people running out of the house saying that they thought that the gentleman that was inside the house was going to kill them,” said Chief Shrand. He also said the officers did hear several gunshots from inside the house when they arrived on scene.
Richards then barricaded himself inside and SWAT were called to the scene.
911 dispatchers were on the phone with Richards for around 2 hours, according to Schrand. Once Richards ended the phone call, officers breached several windows and used gas to try to urge him out of the home.
“We believe that he was on drugs at the time this morning, and he was coming off of that and we’re not really sure what exactly precipitated this event,” said Chief Shrand.
Police say that Richards was upset because his mother was in Good Samaritan Hospital and he is under a no contact order and was unable to visit her.
Richards has a criminal history that includes domestic violence, violating protection orders, aggravated robbery and a history of mental illness, according to Chief Shrand.
“One of the things the community really needs to know is that we have a really professional police department, fire department, and a really professional SWAT team and they did an excellent job,” said Chief Shrand.
The stand-off ended around 6:00 p.m.
Richards is now in police custody, but headed to the hospital first for a minor self-inflicted gunshot to the leg.
The family is shaken, but happy to be together and working with the Red Cross to find housing for themselves and their dogs, according to Shrand.
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