FAIRVIEW — A Fairview man is facing multiple charges following an altercation with Guernsey County sheriff’s deputies summoned to remove him from his Fair Avenue home after he allegedly threatened to harm people inside the residence.
Zachary K. Smith, 31, is facing one count each of aggravated menacing, disorderly conduct, obstructing official business and resisting arrest following the incidents Tuesday evening.
Smith remained incarcerated in the Guernsey County Jail as of press time Wednesday.
No injuries were reported to any of the occupants of the residence.
According to reports at the sheriff’s office, a woman called at 6:35 p.m. advising her son was threatening to kill people at the home.
The caller advised the male suffers from a mental condition and was not taking his medication. She requested deputies remove him from the home before he hurt someone.
Deputies were dispatched to the residence along with an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper and medical personnel from United Ambulance and the Quaker City Volunteer Fire Department.
As deputies were en route, Smith himself reportedly called the sheriff’s office and made threats to shoot people at his home.
When asked if he was in possession of a gun, Smith reportedly advised a dispatcher no, but claimed he was in possession of a lighter and a gallon of gasoline that was in the basement. He reportedly said he would do "what he did four years ago," and asked for an ambulance or people would be hurt.
Deputies advised for medical personnel to stage in the area as they approached the residence on foot.
A short time later a deputy reported the male (Smith) was on the ground and had been "dry stunned." He was reportedly still combative with deputies and resisted efforts to taken him into custody.
Smith was eventually secured in handcuffs and placed inside a sheriff’s cruiser for transport to the county jail. While being transported, Smith reportedly slipped his handcuffed hands from behind his back to the front of him.
Deputies reported no other incidents while en route to the jail.
Smith was scheduled to appear in the Cambridge Municipal Court to answer to the charges.
The incident remained under investigation by the sheriff’s office.