Latonia standoff suspect Michael Vaughan recovers in hospital before heading to jail

COVINGTON, Ky. – The Army veteran who held area police at bay for more than 19 hours Sunday faces a charge of attempted murder of a police officer.

Latonia resident Michael Vaughan shot at Covington police officers when they arrived at his home at about 5 p.m. Saturday after dispatch received a call from someone saying that he posted disturbing messages on his Facebook page. That page has since been suspended on the social media site.

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Vaughan is recovering in the hospital after his surgery on Monday. It has not yet been decided by University of Cincinnati Medical Center staff how long he will need to stay there, and what type of psychological treatment he will undergo.

Covington Police Chief Spike Jones is hopeful Vaughan will be extradited back to Kentucky as soon as he heals from treatment.

As the standoff played out, Vaughan exchanged shots with police Saturday night and into Sunday morning. His three children were in the house located in the 4300 block of Michigan Avenue for most of the standoff.

The situation ended a few hours after Vaughan released his children to police, set his house on fire and exchanged one final volley of gunshots with police before being wounded and surrendering.

"Vaughan once again engaged our officers from elevated position with a rifle. We returned fire in Vaughan's direction and struck him one time that we are aware of," said Covington Police Chief Spike Jones after the incident ended at about 1 p.m. Sunday.

Jones also confirmed the Army soldier who served in Afghanistan will more than likely face further charges.

"He will need to be held accountable for the acts he committed," Jones said.

He also suggested Vaughan may suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and that further evaluations of the veteran's mental state would be done.

An inquiry into Vaughan's past reveals he had an earlier run-in with Kenton County police. On May 8, he was arrested for violating an Emergency Protective Order, according to Kenton County Detention Center records.

The man, who enlisted in the military in 1989, also faced disciplinary actions for sexual harassment while in the National Guard. Vaughan attempted to sue the Guard, stating the action taken against him was groundless.

Sunday's standoff was allegedly sparked by a break-up Vaughan had that day with his girlfriend.

Steve Courtney, his wife and his 19-year-old grandson Ryan Rickey were sitting in the living room of a home across from Vaughan's residence at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday when they say a stray bullet exploded through a window and into their living room.

"We were sitting in the living room when a gunshot came through a dining room window and hit the wall next to me," said Rickey. He said the bullet missed him by three feet.

Vaughan's three children were released to the custody of family and he was arrested on a mental health warrant.

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