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Dispute escalates into standoff

October 9, 2012
By Anthony Gaynor - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

A Beverly man is in jail following a domestic dispute this weekend that escalated into a standoff with police, officials said.

Ronald E. Dutch, 59, is charged with one count of wanton endangerment and five counts of retaliation against a public officer. Dutch was lodged in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail as of presstime Monday on a $50,000 bond. Officials said additional charges of domestic assault are pending.

Although Dutch was apprehended peacefully and no one was injured in the incident, officials said he was initially uncooperative with police and refused to come out of the woods behind his home. When Dutch did emerge after several hours, he was holding a shotgun in one hand and a 30-06 rifle in the other, police said.

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According to a press release from the Elkins Detachment of the West Virginia State Police, at approximately 7 p.m. Sunday, officers were notified of a domestic disturbance at Dutch's residence, located in the Woodland Drive Extension in the Beverly Hills subdivision.

While Randolph County Sheriff's Department Deputy D.L. VanMeter, Trooper M.J. Wilson and Senior Trooper D.R. Wolford were en route, they received calls of shots fired at the residence, officials said.

The officers spoke with Dutch's wife, Jacqueline, at the entrance to the Beverly Hills subdivision and were told that she had been in an argument with her husband, and that he then allegedly began "tearing up" the residence, according to the release.

Jacqueline Dutch allegedly told police that her husband had "numerous" firearms in the residence and had fired one at her father, Fred Ratzer.

Officers could not locate Dutch after they searched the residence, but as they were exiting the home a male, later identified as Dutch, was heard yelling from a wooded area behind the house, according to the release.

"Verbal announcements identifying the presence of law enforcement officers and requests for Mr. Dutch to surrender were given," the release stated. "Mr. Dutch refused to cooperate, stating that he was not going to jail."

Officers continued giving verbal commands and negotiation attempts were made, but Dutch reportedly became increasingly agitated. A friend of Dutch's was on scene and attempted to talk with the suspect as more officers arrived at the residence, according to the release.

As officers shined flashlights in the direction of Dutch's voice, he "made statements consistent with if the lights weren't turned off, he was going to turn them off for us; someone was about to get hurt; and the next time a light was shined in his direction he was going to shoot," the release stated

At approximately 10:10 p.m., the officers heard sounds consistent with the working of an action on a firearm, officials said.

"The accused appeared from behind a wood pile approximately three feet from Deputy (B.T.) Sharp and Senior Trooper (S.E.) Heavner," the release stated. "The accused was wielding a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun in one hand and a Remington Model 7600 30-06 SPRG in the other."

Officers gave verbal commands for Dutch to drop the weapons; he complied and was taken into custody without incident, police said.

Officers found "numerous" rounds of ammunition on Dutch's person, according to the release.

The Elkins City Police and a State Police K9 unit also responded to the scene.



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