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One person arrested after shootout with deputies in Brown County

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Posted at 5:21 AM, Jun 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-23 08:31:05-04

RUSSELLVILLE, Ohio — A man was arrested Monday night after he got into a shootout with deputies in Brown County, according to officials.

Deputies with the Brown County Sheriff's Department responded to 630 North Columbus Ave. in Russellville, Ohio, around 9 p.m. Monday after receiving a 911 call from a person who said a man with a gun was causing an issue at that address.

Police said before they arrived on scene, John Spires, 43, went outside the house on North Columbus Avenue and shot a shotgun into the air before going back inside.

When deputies arrived on scene, they tried to approach the house, but Spires opened fire on them with a rifle. The deputies got to safety behind their vehicles and returned fire.

After this, Spires went back inside his home and stayed there for about an hour-and-a-half. In that time, officers saw Spires lying in the front door of the home. Deputies and police from Mount Orab then approached the front door and took Spires into custody without any other shots being fired.

Officials said Spires was shot in the leg, and first responders transported him to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. There is no word on the extent of his injuries at this time.

No deputies, officers or other citizens were injured in this shootout.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating this incident, and the deputies involved are on administrative leave.

There is no word on what charges Spires faces at this time.