Man to be arraigned on fifth-degree felony

MARIETTA – A Grandview Township man is set to be arraigned today after barricading himself in his home Tuesday night and firing a shotgun several times while intoxicated.

Kevin Bartlett, 48, of 4185 Jackson Run Road, was arrested early Wednesday morning after refusing to leave his home for several hours, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Members of the sheriff’s Special Response Team eventually gained entrance to the house and subdued the man with a Taser after 1 a.m. Wednesday.

“He was resisting, and the guys were in a fight with him, and they had to Tase him to subdue him,” Sheriff Larry Mincks said.

Bartlett is charged with a fifth-degree felony count of having weapons while under disability – because of a 2003 domestic violence conviction – and a first-degree misdemeanor count of using a firearm while intoxicated. He was originally scheduled for a video arraignment Wednesday afternoon, but that was postponed until 8 a.m. today, court officials said. Bond had not been set.

Deputies were dispatched to Bartlett’s residence around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, according to a statement of facts provided by the sheriff’s office. A witness reported Bartlett was highly intoxicated and had been talking about harming himself while in possession of a loaded 12-gauge shotgun.

Tom Stonerock, 63, who owns the house Bartlett lives in and lives a couple hundred yards away, said he’d been contacted by an acquaintance of Bartlett’s saying she’d sent someone to check on him. When he walked outside, he heard a gunshot and called police as well.

Stonerock said Bartlett has been a tenant of his for more than 18 months and he’s never had a problem with him. While he was surprised by the incident, he said he wasn’t concerned for his safety because of the way deputies responded.

“They did a great job,” Stonerock said.

The report indicates Bartlett fired seven to nine shots, however, Mincks said it did not appear he was specifically aiming at anyone. The sheriff noted Bartlett has a criminal history that includes arrests for assault, domestic violence, telephone harassment, reckless endangerment and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

The report says Bartlett had bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech and an odor of alcohol about him. He refused an alcohol breath test when taken to the jail.