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Military veteran arrested as standoff with Kentucky police ends

Police in Covington, Ky., responded to a standoff with a military veteran Saturday, exchanged gunfire Sunday with him before he was arrested. Cara Owsley / The (Cincinnati) Enquirer

An armed military veteran suffering an “emotional crisis” was arrested Sunday after barricading himself and his children for nearly an entire day inside of his northern Kentucky home, at one point firing at cops outside, police said.

The home, in the Cincinnati suburb of Covington, Ky., was set on fire just before the standoff with Michael Vaughan, 43, ended around 1 p.m. ET, police said. Fire crews were able to quickly extinguish the blaze, reported NBC affiliate WLWT.

Vaughan surrendered after exchanging gunfire with police, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer. A bullet struck his arm, and he was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment, the newspaper said.

Once released, he could face several charges, including attempted murder of a police officer, Covington Police Chief Spike Jones told The Enquirer.

Police first responded to the home at 4 p.m. Saturday on a distress call.

They learned the man had three children with him: a 5-year-old son, 11-year-old daughter and a 15-year-old son with autism, The Enquirer said.

On Sunday morning, police were successfully able to negotiate the release of the man's three young children from the home.

The children were recovered unharmed just before 8:30 a.m. and put inside an armored vehicle.

Jones declined to say how many other people might also have been inside the home.

He told reporters early Sunday that authorities had been monitoring the man’s Facebook page, which described his fragile state and the arrival of a SWAT team. The page has since been taken down, and police wouldn’t immediately verify his identity.

“We understand that this gentleman is a decorated combat veteran of our United States military service and we want to afford him the benefits of what he’s earned and make sure ... we get him the assistance he needs,” Jones said.

He added that police had contacted the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The situation escalated around 8 p.m. Saturday, when the disturbed vet first shot at cops from an elevated position, police said.

More gunfire was heard from inside the home at around 4:15 a.m. Sunday.

As the standoff stretched into its 20th hour by noon Sunday, residents of the Latonia neighborhood were ordered to stay inside their homes and away from windows.