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Police Chief Thanks Community After Covington SWAT Standoff Ends

UPDATE (Tuesday 7:30 a.m.): Chief Spike Jones sent out a video message thanking the community and officers:


Covington Police Chief Spike Jones thanked the community for their support following the end of a 20-hour SWAT standoff in Latonia.

An armed military veteran fired upon officers multiple times over the course of the standoff while his three children were inside the Michigan Avenue home with him.

The man was finally apprehended after being shot and setting his house on fire.

His decorated military service was not without previous blemishes, however. (SEE PREVIOUSLY: Suspect Wounded, Children Safe After 20-hour Standoff)

The situation was unique in that suspect Michael Vaughan was offering live updates on his Facebook page for much of the standoff.

Chief Jones took to Facebook on Sunday night to thank the community for their support:

The supportive comments for our officers involved in the SWAT call on Michigan in Latonia are greatly appreciated. Fortunately all police and firefighters escaped the very dangerous situation unharmed. Couldn't be prouder of the work to get the children out of the home unharmed as well. The suspect is in custody and receiving treatment. It is now time to let the justice system run it's course. Many thanks to Newport SWAT, Kenton Co SWAT, KSP, Covington Fire, Cincinnati Fire Dept Bomb Squad, Kenton Co Homeland Security, and the Commonwealths Attorney Office for their work!

The photos attached to this article come from reader Jennie Fischer. The photo at the top shows Vaughan being carted off to an ambulance after he was shot. The others show the immediate aftermath of the SWAT standoff as emergency responders begin to leave.

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