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Military veteran faces serious charges after Latonia standoff

LATONIA, Ky. (WKRC) -- A 20-hour long stand-off between police and a military veteran ended with shots fired and the suspect shot in the arm.

Officials say Michael Vaughn, 43, barricaded himself inside his Latonia home with three children, ages 5, 11 and 15, late in the evening of Saturday, December 21, 2013.

During the standoff, shots were heard inside his Michigan Ave. home a number of times. Police believe Vaughn was upset over his relationship with a girlfriend, and had told police that he didn't want to live.

After nearly 20 hours, Vaughn safely released the three children, one of which was reported to be autistic.

Once the children had been safely evacuated, Vaughn allegedly began firing at police. Shots could be heard in the area around 12:45 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Vaughn was reportedly shot in the arm by police in an exchange of gunfire. Before police were able to arrest Vaughn, he set a small fire inside his home. Officers were able to extinguish the fire and place Vaughn under arrest.

Vaughn remains at UC Medical Center, being treated for his injuries. Once released, police say he faces charges of attempted murder of a police officer.

Vaughn was reported to be posting to his Facebook account throughout the evening, indicating potential violence. His page was shutdown around 1:00 a.m. on Sunday.

One post read: "Shots fired at my house. Ensure (sic) to thank Senator Rand Paul and his assistant...for their help. SWAT team is here. See how well they do when I have night vision, too."

Covington Police Chief Spike Jones described Vaughn as a decorated war combat veteran and said the tactical unit communicated with him through text messages during the standoff.

"We want to make sure he gets the appropriate respect and care he deserves as a veteran," Jones said.

Later in the evening the man continued to post on Facebook, "This will not end well. My kids are fine...they are asleep and not aware of this stupid drama."

Police said they were worried about the well being of the people inside the home because of the emotional state of the veteran.

Power and gas was shutdown in the surrounding areas and police asked neighbors to stay inside and away from windows.

No other individuals, other than the suspect, were injured.




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