Kentucky

19-hour standoff in Northern Ky. ends with fire and gunshots

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A military veteran who barricaded himself inside a Northern Kentucky home for more than 19 hours set fire to the home in Latonia and exchanged gunfire with officers before ­surrendering, police said Sunday.

Covington police told WCPO-TV that Michael Vaughan started the fire about 1 p.m. and then ­began shooting at police. He surrendered after being shot in the arm. Vaughan was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment. Covington police Chief Spike Jones said Vaughan suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. Police have not said what charges Vaughan would face.

Officers went to the home about 5 p.m. ­Saturday after police received calls that Vaughan made distressing comments on Facebook. Vaughan posted that he had no reason to live after his girlfriend left him. When police ­arrived, he was holed up with his three children, ages 15, 11 and 6. After a long negotiation with authorities, Vaughan released the children Sunday morning. Police said the ­children were in the care of other family members.

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