Lawyer of Latonia standoff suspect says Army veteran felt under siege during standoff

Michael Vaughan faces 20 years in prison

CINCINNATI -- A lawyer for the Latonia man accused of shooting at police officers during a 19-hour standoff last month said his client suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and felt threatened. 

Michael Vaughan pleaded not guilty Friday to a charge of attempted murder after police said he barricaded himself inside his home and held his children hostage. 

Vaughan told his attorney that something inside him "snapped." Two weeks ago, he threatened to commit suicide. When police showed up at this house, his lawyer said the 43-year-old Army veteran felt under siege. 

"The way that he's recounted it, that something just snapped. It just exploded from that point," said attorney Chris Roach. 

Roach said his client feels bad about the standoff with police. 

"I'm sure if you asked him he would say that he never meant this to happen to begin with,” Roach said. “It was more of a cry for help than anything. It just turned wrong."

Roach said Vaughan is competent enough to stand trial, but suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Police say he held his children hostage, barricaded himself inside his home and repeatedly fired shots at police.

At the time, Vaughan wrote on his Facebook page: "this will not end well."

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"The reason the officers were there is because there was a threat of suicide,” Roach said. “Instead of calling and trying to work it out, they showed up with two separate SWAT teams and basically turned it into a siege…He wants treatment. That's never been an issue. He's been seeking treatment before this happened and he's going to continue to seek treatment even know." 

Vaughan remains in the Kenton County Detention Center. 

Roach said his client is undergoing psychiatric evaluations. 

Vaughan will be back in court Wednesday Jan. 8 at 1:30 p.m.

A judge said Vaughan faces up to 20 years for his attempted murder charge.

If he is released on a $250,000 bond, he’ll be under electronic monitoring, drug tested and will not be allowed to carry a weapon. 

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