Bomb Scare Stirs Standoff

1 decade 9 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, August 02 2007 Aug 2, 2007 Thursday, August 02, 2007 1:15:56 PM CDT August 02, 2007 in News

The standoff began Tuesday night when authorities replied to a call from the son of Jon Quehl's girlfriend. The Boone County Sheriff's Department arrested 51-year-old Jon Quehl on felony weapons charges as well as a domestic violence misdemeanor.

The 27-year-old told police there were two sets of what he thought were explosives on the premises, explosives belonging to Quehl, who was not home. After the sheriff's department arrived, Quehl came home, walking in through the front door - apparently unnoticed.

"He did return later and was able to make entry into the home," Boone County Sheriff's Departrment Major Tom Reddin said. "Therein the negotiations started and ran several hours."

Law enforcement evacuated 12 houses in the neighborhood after Quehl barracaded himself in an upstairs room.

"it's not like he shoved everything in front of the door and said, you know 'i'm gonna blow someone's head off,' Quehl friend Jacob Maresh said. "it wasn't like that. He walked upstairs and things were fine."

According to witnesses, Quehl suffered a seizure earlier in the day, and became violent after drinking. He left after a dispute with his girlfriend, but returned after authorities arrived.

He barricaded himself in the house and refused to come out for several hours.

The incident left neighbors out of their homes for more than seven hours, and though they were grateful for the safety measures, some felt the incident was overblown.

"i can understand from the SWAT's point of view, looking at it like, "we don't know who this guy is, and there's a bomb in the house." Maresh said. "but it wasn't nothing like that."

Quehl remains in Boone County Jail, and his girlfriend said authorities told her he would be sent to a mental institute. He is facing charges for possession of prohibited weapons and domestic violence.

He also had two outstanding warrants from Cole and Cooper Counties.

This incident is in no way related to this week's other standoff in Cole County.

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