6/16/2017 2:46:00 PM Husband charged with Felonious Assault after alleged assault of wife in Wellson
Pictured is the residence of Randy and Jean Warrington at 532 W. Second St. in Wellston where violence erupted last Wednesday night, which resulted in apparently serious injuries to both Randy and Jean. (Telegram Photo By Red Thompson, Jr.)
A reported incident of domestic violence in Wellston turned especially tense and violent late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, June 14-15, as two persons were injured and flown to a regional hospital and law enforcement officers were involved in a standoff, complete with a SWAT team, which lasted for more than 4-½ hours.
The episode occurred at the residence of Randy Warrington, 61, and his wife, Jean (Ingalls) Warrington, 54, at 532 West Second St. in Wellston. According to Wellston Police Chief Tim Ackley, Mrs. Warrington was the victim of an assault by Mr. Warrington and was flown to St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia with what appeared to be serious injuries to her face and head. She was still in the hospital Friday morning, but her condition was said to be improving and she could be released soon.
Mr. Warrington, who could not or would not respond to law enforcement's calls for his surrender, was later found inside the house unresponsive and reportedly injured. He was also flown by medical helicopter to St. Mary's Regional Medical Center and remained hospitalized as of Friday afternoon. (An earlier report incorrectly stated he was to have been released on Thursday.)
A third person who was at the residence, the Warringtons' son, Blake Warrington, 22, was not injured.
The Wellston Police Department received a call at 8:27 p.m. Wednesday from Blake Warrington, who reported that Mrs. Warrington was lying on ground and covered with blood and that his father had assaulted her. A hammer was found at the scene and investigators believe it may have been used in the assault. Blake reportedly did not witness the assault, but arrived at home to find his mother injured inside the house and he promptly was able to assist her out of the house, then called the police.
After Mrs. Warrington was safely removed from the scene, officers turned their attention to Mr. Warrington. The situation was considered more serious because Blake had advised that his father also had a gun. Wellston Police officers attempted to talk to Warrington, but could get no response and it appeared he may have barricaded himself inside the house.
With a potentially dangerous standoff situation facing them, Wellston Police called for assistance from other local law enforcement and public-safety agencies, including the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, the Jackson Police Department, the Jackson Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and the Wellston Fire Department. Wellston Police accepted the Highway Patrol's offer to call in their specially trained negotiator. Nearby streets were also blocked off to prevent access to the immediate area by motorists.
Later, when it was apparent the negotiator was not having any success communicating with or getting through to Warrington, a call was made for the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Special Response Team from Columbus as well as a helicopter. Once the SWAT group arrived and there still had not been any communication from Warrington, a decision was made to force an entry with a reconnaissance robot, which was sent in through a window. The robot had video as well as audio capabilities to help the officers outside learn more about the situation inside.
The robot detected a figure lying on the floor, which was presumed to be Mr. Warrington. The SWAT team members then forced entry and found Warrington lying on the floor and apparently injured and he was removed from the house at 1:10 a.m. without any problems. Chief Ackley said Warrington appeared to have sustained some serious cuts, but the full extent and cause of his injuries were not immediately known.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification was called in to process the crime scene for evidentiary purposes. The scene was not completely cleared until approximately 7 a.m. Chief Ackley told The Telegram Friday morning that a warrant for Warrington's arrest has been issued and that he will initially be charged with Felonious Assault. The case will also be presented to the office of Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney Justin Lovett for review and additional charges could be pursued as well.
Chief Ackley wished to publicly thank all the Wellston Police Department officers who were involved as well as the officers and professionals from the other participating agencies.