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Neighbor: Man pointed shotgun at house before hours-long standoff with SWAT

East End SWAT Standoff
Posted at 8:42 AM, Nov 14, 2021

CINCINNATI — A man was arrested Saturday afternoon in East End following a standoff with SWAT after a neighbor claimed the suspect pointed a gun at her house.

The SWAT team was called out to Eastern Avenue around 2:30 p.m.

Police arrested Clifford Watson, 40, of East End following the standoff. Police said he made threatening comments toward neighbors. This was not the first time Watson had gotten into it with neighbors, police said.

During the hours-long standoff, police said, Watson barricaded himself inside his home before jumping onto his neighbor's roof.

In a sworn affidavit, Anita Wheeler, a neighbor of Watson, said he had previously shot off guns several times. The affidavit said police had been called out to Watson's house multiple times because of shots-fired complaints.

In the written statement to police, Wheeler said Watson walked past her house at least four times Saturday with a shotgun. She went on to write that Watson stood outside her house with a shotgun and pointed the gun at her house.

She then described in the affidavit that Watson started yelling at her and asking her if she "wanted some." She said she knew his intention was to shoot her.

Police charged Watson with aggravated menacing.