WILLIAMSON - A Delbarton resident was placed under arrest and charged with three counts of assault on a police officer and three counts of brandishing a deadly weapon.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Mingo County Magistrate Court, Larry Ronald Jones II, age 31, was taken into custody by West Virginia State Police (WVSP) Senior Troopers J.K. Harris and J.D. Matheny after they responded to a call of a subject exhibiting suicidal ideations in the Ragland area.
Upon arrival, the officers made contact with Jones who allegedly had been making threats indicating he was going to commit suicide by instigating a confrontation with a police officer who would be forced to shoot him. The defendant had allegedly armed himself with a baseball bat and then instructed his girlfriend to call the police, and said he then planned to attack the responding officers in order to force them to open fire.
The troopers observed the defendant standing in his driveway with a baseball bat and was yelling and shouting threats at them. Jones made multiple demands, ordering the officers to shoot him. The defendant was repeatedly told to drop the weapon, however; the accused continued to refuse to comply. The troopers continued to maintain a safe distance from the reach of the defendant and after a brief negotiation period, Jones agreed to disarm himself and was then taken into custody without further incident.
Jones was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Dallas Toler and was remanded to the custody of the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden on a $12,000 bond.