Mingo standoff ends peacefully

MINGO JUNCTION — A standoff with an armed village resident who barricaded himself in his house with his wife and children around 4:06 p.m. Monday following a domestic dispute ended peacefully, authorities said.

Mingo Police Chief Joe Sagun said it will be up to the Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office to decide if charges should be filed against Lawrence D. Brandenburg, 52, of 124 Woodward Ave.

Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies said Brandenburg had pointed a gun at a deputy who found him hiding in the attic and said, “Kill me, kill me.” At one point, Brandenburg pointed a handgun at his head but lowered the weapon, according to a deputy. Sagun and a county sheriff’s deputy talked with Brandenburg and were able to convince him to surrender his weapons — including a shotgun, a handgun and ammunition — and come down out of the attic.

The incident lasted about 20 minutes, according to the sheriff’s department.

Brandenburg was taken to Trinity Medical Center West for an evaluation.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol and a Steubenville Police K-9 unit assisted at the scene.

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