Police arrest Fairfield Twp. man after 2-hour SWAT standoff

Police arrested a suspect Thursday morning, March 14, 2019, after a SWAT situation in Fairfield Twp. WCPO-TV
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Police arrested a suspect Thursday morning, March 14, 2019, after a SWAT situation in Fairfield Twp. WCPO-TV

A Fairfield Twp. man is in the Butler County Jail following a two-hour early morning standoff with a SWAT team.

Darren Eugene Rutledge, 51, of the 3500 block of Lakewood Court, was charged with domestic violence, inducing panic and firing a weapon while intoxicated, all first-degree misdemeanors, this morning, said Fairfield Twp. Police detective Sgt. Jamie Mays.

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The incident started with a shots fired call to police at 12:30 a.m. in the Lakewood Court area, he said. A second shots fired call was dispatched about 90 minutes later as officers were still in the area. Officers heard those shots and located an “oddly parked” red pickup truck parked in front of 3554 Lakewood Court, Mays said.

Darren Eugene Rutledge, 51, of Fairfield Twp., was arrested Thursday morning, March 14, 2019, on multiple first-degree misdmeanor counts following a standoff with the Butler County Regional SWAT team. PROVIDED
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Darren Eugene Rutledge, 51, of Fairfield Twp., was arrested Thursday morning, March 14, 2019, on multiple first-degree misdmeanor counts following a standoff with the Butler County Regional SWAT team. PROVIDED

Mays said officers knocked on the door and a woman answered. She told the officers her husband fired eight shots out of the back door, a claim Rutledge denied. Rutledge barricaded himself in a bedroom with the handgun, and the Butler County Regional SWAT team was called at 3:05 a.m. for assistance, Mays said.

After a two-hour negotiation, Rutledge surrendered without incident. He was arrested at 5:15 a.m. and booked into the Butler County Jail.

Rutledge is in the Butler County Jail on no bond. His case will be in Butler County Area II Court, but an arraignment hearing has not yet been set.