The death of a Yellow Springs man during a prolonged shootout with police last month has raised concerns about the justice system’s capacity to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of those who could be a danger to themselves or the community.
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Notable local cases involving mental health and weapons under disability:
Sept. 23, 2008: Gregory Smith was arrested by Montgomery County deputies after threatening to kill himself and neighbors. Deputies seized three .50-caliber firearms and two smaller handguns, despite Smith being barred from owning firearms because of a criminal conviction. Smith pleaded guilty to inducing panic and other charges and was ordered to have his weapons destroyed and undergo mental health treatment.
March 12, 2011: 26-year-old James Riley used a shotgun to kill his estranged wife’s new boyfriend, then himself in the parking lot of the Frisch’s Big Boy in Middletown. Riley had previously had weapons seized because of a protection order involving his wife.
Jan. 20, 2013: In Delaware County north of Columbus, James Crego, 42, shot and killed himself during a standoff with law enforcement. Five days prior he had been ordered to surrender all weapons because of an arrest for domestic violence, aggravated menacing and disorderly conduct.
June 7, 2013: Beatrice Combs, 59, was arrested after a standoff with SWAT officers. She allegedly fired several shots at Trotwood police officers who were checking on her welfare. Police said they’d had previous contact with Combs, but she was not prohibited by law from owning a firearm. A mental health evaluation has been ordered in her pending felonious assault case.
Aug. 20, 2013: 52-year-old Al Pickett was shot and killed by Troy Police officers responding to a domestic violence call. A woman in the home suffered stab wounds from a sword and police reportedly ordered Pickett to drop a gun before opening fire. The gun turned out to be a fake. On Aug. 12 a Miami County court magistrate had issued a temporary protection order that required Pickett to surrender all deadly weapons.
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