Missouri man arrested after fight with wife, standoff

5 years 6 days 22 hours ago Tuesday, February 17 2015 Feb 17, 2015 Tuesday, February 17, 2015 6:03:00 AM CST February 17, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

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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