Police standoff ends with suicide
A 911 call of shots fired on a rural road outside of Ironton Sunday afternoon turned into a standoff with police that ended when the suspect turned the gun on himself.
According to a release from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, law enforcement received a domestic dispute call at about 3 p.m. The 911 caller stated that an individual driving a champagne-colored Ford Ranger pickup was driving by and shooting at a home located at 2718 County Road 181 (Hog Run Road).
Roger Crisp, 43, of 44 Campground Road, Waterloo, allegedly refused to comply when Coal Grove police officers attempted to get him to stop his vehicle, finally parking in the driveway of the home he had allegedly been shooting at, according to the report.
Crisp exited his vehicle and fired two shots at the home with a handgun. The man then took out a high-powered rifle and shot three rounds at the Coal Grove police officers, hitting one vehicle in the hood while the officer was still inside, according to the report.
No law enforcement officers returned fire.
Crisp then got back inside his vehicle and officers heard two more shots as they began to surround the vehicle. Using binoculars, the law enforcement officers saw the man was slumped in his vehicle. Upon approaching, the suspect was found holding a handgun and unresponsive.
Lawrence County Emergency Medical Services provided aid. The Lawrence County Coroner’s Office pronounced the individual dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
A variety of law enforcement and emergency response agencies responded to the call including the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, the Lawrence County Coroner’s Office, the Ironton, South Point and Coal Grove police departments and the Upper Township Volunteer Fire Department.