Charges Brought In Pitt County Standoff

Charges have now been brought against a Pitt County man who led lawmen on a four-hour standoff Tuesday afternoon.

Lakey Jones, Jr. is charged with communicating threats and assault on emergency personnel.

Deputies say Jones was combative and intoxicated when he assaulted an EMS worker after they responded to his home. That led to the standoff with officers after they say he wouldn't come out of his home.

The 37-year-old Jones was captured after deputies fired tear gas into his home.

Deputies say he was first examined by a doctor and then charged by authorities. Jones is in the Pitt County Detention Center on $1500 bond.

Previous Story

A four hour standoff ended in Pitt County Tuesday afternoon after tear gas was fired into the man's home.

Deputies say it started around 11:30 a.m. when a man who lives on Stanley Road called 911, complaining of chest pains. But when an ambulance arrived the man barricaded himself inside. During the process one EMS worker was injured.

Deputies set up a perimeter around the house, calling in a special response team. The sheriff's office says the man told them he was armed, but no weapon was ever found.

Several roads were closed down as a precaution, including a section of Highway 102.

Just before 4:00 p.m. the standoff ended when tear gas was fired into the home.

The man, who neighbors say is in his mid-40's, was taken to Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

The closed roads have since reopened.

The sheriff's department says charges against the man are pending. Deputies say no one else was injured in the standoff.

Original Story

Authorities have closed several roads because of a standoff in Pitt County.

WITN News has been told it's been going on for several hours at a home on Stanley Road.

Deputies and state troopers closed off Stanley Road and a section of Highway 102 as a precaution.

Fire trucks and ambulances were staged on County Home Road, but within the past few minutes they sped toward the scene after tear gas was fired into the home.

We are told the standoff is over and authorities are about the brief reporters about what happened.

WITN News has a crew at the scene and will bring you more details as they happen on this developing story.

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  • by anonymour on Sep 10, 2009 at 04:21 AM
    I no this guy personally. I lived next door to him for a year. I just resentally moved and I thank God every day that I did. He truely has mental problems and needs all the help he can get. He always locks himself in the house and doesnt come out for any reason. So in my opion the teargas was the best and safest way to bring him out. I dont think that he needs jail time, I think that he needs mental help. This guy has been threw a lot lately and dont no how do deal with everyday life. I am sorry for they way things happened but I am glad it did. He really needs help and wouldnt ask for it. Maybe now he will get it.
  • by ha ha Location: greenville on Sep 9, 2009 at 07:27 PM
    sounds like to me you can p!$$ off a lot of people but don't p!$$ off the PCSO
  • by Bill Location: Greenville on Sep 9, 2009 at 02:38 PM
    To John, Your missing the point.I agree about ridiculous lawsuits you stated,(anyone with enough money can buy their way out of just about anything). But what I was asking was if there is another option for the EMT to satisfy that need for a signature, as the would have been patient, has now become uncooperative or just plain stubborn and refuses to sign. I thought that maybe,with a Law Enforcement Officer in attendance, they could each verify on their report that said person refused treatment and also refused to sign. And then maybe at this time the Officer could write up the offender with a hefty fine for misuse and abuse of EMS services ! i dunno... pure speculation on my part. To all our Law Enforcement Officers and medical needs personal, my hat is off to you. You are the front line heroes of our society!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 9, 2009 at 12:53 PM
    It does sound like the police over reacted amd I agree what charges can they charge him with. How is arresting a sick man keeping the place safe? All he did was refuse to be treated, there mustbe something you guys aren't entering in b/c this story just doesn't sound right to me.
  • by Renee Location: Here on Sep 9, 2009 at 08:06 AM
    Some serious facts are missing in this story & I'm just confused!! And what actually can they charge him with?
  • by Cindi Location: Simpson on Sep 9, 2009 at 07:59 AM
    I had to check and recheck to see if it was my very own Oxycotin strung out brother who gets a disability check every month for being strung out.Mind you he is only 45 and says he can't even walk to his mailbox!i GUESS CHEWING OXY'S like candy does make the GOVERNMENT FEEL SORRY FOR YOU.
  • by John Location: Ayden on Sep 9, 2009 at 05:14 AM
    To Bill: We've all seen stories about ridiculous lawsuits. I imagine a person is required to sign a release as part of refusing help from an EMT for that reason. Consider the following scenario: EMT arrives, individual refuses service, no papers are signed, and EMT leaves. Then, thirty minutes later something happens to the individual, the individual "swears" that the EMT never responded, he files a lawsuit, and the EMT has no proof that they had been there and services were refused. The right lawyer could probably win that case....but, we wonder why health and other types of insurance rates keep rising. Good job EMT and PCSD! Thanks for keeping our community safe!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 9, 2009 at 03:54 AM
    They should have smoked him out with real fire.
  • by Antonyo on Sep 8, 2009 at 09:28 PM
    The DF paper said 25-30 law enforcement at the seen. You gota be kiding me for one person.
  • by Bill Location: Greenville on Sep 8, 2009 at 08:52 PM
    Where are the facts on this? Why have we not heard from the EMT? How was he hurt? What did the suspect do after EMS arrived? Does suspect have priors to warrant actions taken by authorities? I mean,it all sounds like overkill to me, but that's my opinion. ( at least till I hear the whole story anyway )OH, by the way EMT at 8:19 ,please tell me there is an option for this "required by law" signature. Speculation on my part,could this be the reason for the incident? Was suspect worried about paying bill for services ?
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