Missouri man arrested after fight with wife, standoff
PACIFIC (AP) - A Franklin County man is jailed after a five-hour standoff after he allegedly ran over his estranged wife with his car.
Sheriff Gary Toelke said a woman reported Sunday that her husband, 45-year-old James Fitzgerald, ran over in a parking lot south of Pacific. She suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Fitzgerald fled after threatening to "shoot it out" with deputies.
Authorities said the man called several people and told them he was suicidal and armed with a high-powered rifle. He allegedly said he planned to shoot any deputy who came to his home.
After about five hours of negotiations, Fitzgerald surrendered. He is charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action. His bail was set at $75,000.
It wasn't immediately clear if Fitzgerald had an attorney.
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