Sheriff: Harrison Twp. standoff suspect has violent past

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – A person who refused to come out after police arrived to execute a U.S. Marshals Service warrant prompted a SWAT presence in Harrison Township early Tuesday morning.

The incident occurred in the 4000 block of Fair Oaks Road near E. Nottingham Road in Harrison Township with initial reports coming around 7 am. The standoff ended at around 11 am after gas was shot into the apartment.

“As soon as we began using gas he came right out. The problem is now we have an apartment that has gas in it,” said Montgomery County Sheriff Rob Streck.

Sheriff Rob Streck said that the male suspect, later identified as Keith Johnson, ran back into the house when officials arrived and barricaded himself in. Streck also added the warrant was for “some pretty violent acts” such as carrying weapons under disability, and that Johnson has a past of being violent with police.

Marshals later confirmed they had been looking for Johnson since February. Johnson was also wanted for assault on a police officer.

Streck said “When we come to your door and say we have a warrant for your arrest, just because you don’t want to come out…doesn’t mean we are going to turn around and leave.”

Several houses and apartments were evacuated during the 5 hour standoff.

“We have kids around here said Sylvia Armstrong. “It’s sad that it came to this. In today’s world there’s not nothing anyone can do anymore.”

Johnson was then transferred to a local hospital to get checked out. After that, Streck said he will be transferred to the Montgomery County Jail.

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