Thursday, March 08, 2001

Four-hour standoff ends peacefully

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — A fired Newport police officer was arrested early Wednesday after he barricaded himself in his second-floor apartment and threatened to kill himself, Covington police said.

        Covington's SWAT team was called to arrest David A. Rich, 43, of 411 West Ninth St. Mr. Rich, who had been on Newport's SWAT team and in the military, said he had a hand grenade.

        Several neighbors were evacuated during the standoff, which lasted more than four hours. Police said Mr. Rich was distraught over marital problems.

        In 1996, he lost his job with Newport police for interfering with a prostitution investigation. Officials said Mr. Rich solicited sex from suspected prostitutes and told a woman how to identify undercover officers.

        Wednesday's standoff ended peacefully when officers talked Mr. Rich into coming out at 3 a.m.

        A military-issued smoke grenade, a black powder rifle and several swords were found in the apartment.

        Mr. Rich was taken to St. Elizabeth South in Edgewood for evaluation, according to police. No charge was filed as of Wednesday afternoon.


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