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Clyde man brandishing gun arrested

Emil Whitis • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

A drunken Clyde man allegedly pulled a gun on police Thursday at Stone and Tyler streets. 

Shots were not fired, but it was a close call on both sides, Sandusky police Lt. Rich Braun said. 

Jeremy Keegan, 30, and Aaron Hackenburg, 23, were both charged with carrying concealed weapons, possessing weapons while intoxicated, aggravated menacing and open container. Keegan was also charged with operating a vehicle intoxicated. 

A woman called police just before 6 p.m. and said a pair of gun-toting men threatened her. The men were driving around in a Ford Ranger, Sandusky police Lt. Rich Braun. 

Officers remembered running the truck’s plate earlier in the day, and after a brief search Officer Stephen Ritterbach spotted the empty truck parked at Tyler and Stone streets. Empty beer cans were scattered in the truck’s bed. 

Ritterbach circled the block, and when he rolled up for a second time the two men were in the truck. Ritterbach got out of the cruiser and approached the truck from behind, while at about the same time Officer John Powell pulled up in front of the truck. 

As Powell approached, Ritterbach saw the truck’s passenger, later identified as Hackenburg, pull a gun from the center console, Braun said. 

Ritterbach drew his gun and ordered him to drop the weapon, prompting Hackenburg to stuff the handgun under the seat. Officers then heard Hackenburg tell the driver, Keegan, to drive. Police arrested them both at gunpoint. 

Police searched the truck and found a .44-caliber Ruger Blackhawk and a .44-caliber Taurus. The Taurus, branded “The Judge” by the gun’s manufacturer, can shoot .44-caliber rounds and .410 shotgun shells, Braun said. 

“Obviously it was a near-shooting either way,” Braun said. “It could’ve been a very hairy situation.” 

Along with the heavy firepower, police also turned up open beer cans. 

“There were a lot of guns but no shooting,” said a witness smoking a cigarette on a nearby porch. “It came pretty close.” 

Keegan and Hackenburg remain in the Erie County jail without bond.

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