Suspect Gives Live Updates on Facebook as SWAT Team Surrounds Home
A man triggered a response from multiple SWAT teams Saturday evening after making a bizarre, vague post on Facebook.
"Important announcement at 6pm." the first post from the suspect said.
Covington Police eventually responded to a home on Michigan Avenue after being informed of a possible emotional crisis.
Eventually SWAT teams from Covington and Newport as well as other officers and crews from Duke Energy were on the scene in Latonia, creating a command center in a parking lot near Rosedale Manor nursing home. The man was inside a home on the 4300 block of Michigan Avenue.
He wasn't alone. Inside with him were two children.
Covington Police Chief Spike Jones told nearby residents that they should stay inside their homes, away from windows, with the lights off.
Shots were heard and the suspect's Facebook posts continued throughout the situation, which as of midnight was still ongoing. The man had previously posted that he had nothing left to live for and blamed a woman he noted as his girlfriend.
And then, "Shots fired at my house," the man posted. "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."
What that message means in its entirety is still unclear but Chief Jones confirmed that the man was a decorated military veteran. The man made references to having training in urban combat, to be in possession of a rifle, and to have seen witnesses interrogated by the CIA in Afghanistan.
"I didn't do anything wrong," the man posted. "I was sitting at my house with my kids an an officer...text (sic) me. I was like WTF. Looked out my window and SWAT team was across the street pointing weapons at my house. I immediately got my rifle and shot over their heads. Heard one of the jackasses yell out "shots fired". Guess what NO ONE will ever point a fucking weapon at my house with my kids in it and not get shot at."
Chief Jones talks to the press Saturday
Chief Jones asked the media on the scene, including The River City News, for discretion in reporting so as not to jeopardize the safety of the officers involved. He assured reported that there would be a full briefing when the situation concludes.
"We want to make sure he gets the appropriate respect and care he deserves as a veteran," Jones said. The police were in regular communication with the man throughout the evening via text messaging. The police were also planning to contact Veterans Services for assistance, Jones said.
The man referred to his children being in the home with him, saying that they were asleep and that he had kissed them goodnight.
His later posts were more ominous regarding any shot at a peaceful conclusion.
"This will not end well," the man posted shortly after 9 p.m. after more than a hundred comments from his Facebook friends pleaded with him to stand down. "My kids are fine. They are asleep and not aware of this stupid fucking drama."
This story will be updated.
Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News
Photo: Command center near Rosedale Manor