Police surround empty Lawrenceburg home for 7 hours

A Lawrenceburg man accused of domestic violence wasn't home during a seven-hour police standoff at his house Tuesday.

Alan Scott Rice, 57, called police and turned himself in about 1 p.m. Wednesday, hours after state police issued a news release asking people to be on the lookout for him.

Rice apparently left his Beaver Lake Road home about 4:40 p.m. Tuesday while his wife was calling 911 to report a domestic disturbance. He was gone before Anderson County sheriff's deputies arrived, said Chief Deputy Joe Milam.

Rice apparently fled deep into a wooded area near the home and stayed there until about 3:30 a.m., two hours after police left, Milam said.

The standoff at the empty home began about 4:50 p.m. Tuesday. According to a news release from Kentucky State Police, Rice was thought to be inside the home "armed with several guns."

"He refused to exit his residence and turn himself in," the release said. "Several attempts to communicate with Mr. Rice failed."

A Kentucky State Police special response team was called to search the house. At 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, more than seven hours after the standoff began, it was determined that Rice was not inside. Officers searched the surrounding area but did not find Rice.

Rice was arrested at a relative's home on Crask Road. He was charged with fourth-degree assault and served with an emergency protective order, Milam said.

Rice is being held at the Franklin County Detention Center.