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Standoff situation forces evacuations

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

An overnight standoff in Nicholasville has ended peacefully after more than 7 hours of negotiations.

41-year-old Eric Skeens surrendered to officers after nine Tuesday morning. He came out the front door of his SouthTown Branch Drive home with his hands behind his head. He was promptly taken to the police station and placed under arrest.

The standoff started around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. Negotiators say Skeens admitted this was a small problem that snowballed out of control.

Officers were initially called to the home during a Memorial Day cookout following an argument between Skeens and his step-daughter's boyfriend. After the couple left the home, police say Skeens got increasingly angry and eventually fired shots inside his home.

Police say Skeens' wife and a friend left the home and called police. At that point, Skeens barricaded himself in the home with guns.

Neighbors living nearby were evacuated by officers around 3:30 in the morning. Officers cut water to the area in an effort to try and get Skeens to come out.

After talking with Skeens over the phone for seven-and-a-half hours, officers say he gave himself up. Skeens will be evaluated before he is charged.

Right now, police believe he will be charged with Wanton Endangerment.


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