Jefferson County standoff ends with suspect burning house down

By Mark Feuerborn
KSNT – November 13, 2018

An Ozawkie man set his house on fire after a fight with his mother and a standoff with local deputies, the Jefferson County Sheriff said.

The sheriff’s office received a report of an argument between a mother and son, possibly suicidal, around 5 p.m. Monday evening at 10927 Arapaho Lane.

When deputies arrived on scene, the son, identified as 37-year-old James Patrick Hutchins, barricaded himself in the house with a knife. After attempts by deputies to talk Hutchins out of the home, the subject started a fire while he and the family pets were inside.

Deputies ran into the burning structure and brought Hutchins out, who began fighting with three of them. He was taken into custody on charges including felony arson, criminal damage, animal cruelty with intent to kill, and three counts of battery on a law enforcement officer.

The burned house was declared a total loss, and the investigation is ongoing.


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