Son charged after holding elderly parents at gunpoint

ALFRED, Ohio — Meigs County Sheriff’s deputies freed an elderly couple held for several hours at gunpoint by their son Monday.

David O. McCormick, 45, was arrested on charges of abduction, domestic violence and resisting arrest after deputies entered the residence he shared with his parents on Ohio 681 west of Alfred, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.

The office was notified of a possible hostage situation at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

“It had been going on for several hours before we got the call,” sheriff’s Maj. Scott Trussell said Tuesday.

Deputies met at a nearby staging area with McCormick’s sister, who informed them the couple — ages 81 and 77 — were being held against their will and threatened by her brother.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Don Mohler was able to make contact via cell phone with McCormick’s mother, who said her son was sitting in a front room of the residence while she and her husband were in another room nearby, the release says.

About 45 minutes to an hour after the initial call, deputies approached the residence in an unmarked vehicle and were able to enter the house undetected through a rear door, Trussell said. They took McCormick into custody and found a loaded shotgun beside him, the release says.

McCormick became combative while being escorted to a patrol vehicle, the release says.

McCormick’s parents were shaken by the incident but uninjured, the release says. After speaking with them, deputies learned the suspect’s wife had been at the residence earlier and he had assaulted her and threatened her and his parents with the shotgun, it says.

Trussell said it was not immediately known what caused the incident.

McCormick is in custody at the Meigs County Jail, pending arraignment by Meigs County Judge Steven Story.