Clyde man brandishing gun arrested

Police call it a close call
Emil Whitis
Apr 19, 2013

 

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.

 

Comments

sandtown born a...

The Judge shoots 45 long colt or 410 shotgun shells

DickTracey

Two of my favorites! The Judge the gun, and The Judge the GTO !

PaulYall

Great brave men we have on the SPD!! Keeping our streets safe once again with their own lives! You see a police officer, you should walk up and shake his hand and thank him for trying to keep city safe!

EricB

Good job by the Sandusky Police. This could have turned out very badly,
but these guys for now off the streets.

thinktwice

Nerves of steel on SPD's part. They should consider a promotion for them both...............................

S w Rand 2016

Before I get into this, I would note that he is reported to have used a firearm to menace a woman and, it seems to me, possibly had an illegally obtained weapon. He would, then, be a criminal and it was excellent work by the LE officers.
My potential critique, below, is in regards to the article and it's author.

Was there anything more in the way of details in the paper edition of this story?
Going solely by what the online edition says, it seems like the guy was just trying to hide the gun under the seat in the hopes that the vehicle would not be searched. Depending on how drunk they were, he may have been sluggish in remembering his gun was in the center console and was going to hope for the best and try to hide it regardless of whether or not a floodlight had been turned on.

I'm also having a hard time understanding where the author of this article comes up with "pulled a gun on police" and why the term "brandished" is being used. There aren't even any charges filed that would have any relation to pulling a gun on an officer, are there? The aggravated menacing, I would assume, pertains to when they threatened the woman earlier. I may be wrong, but I would think there'd be some kind of specific charge for "pulling a gun on police."

I would also request of the author to clarify the context in which Lieutenant Braun says "either way." The quote given amounts to a mere soundbyte but, even still, it seems to fit my imagining of the scenario. Floodlight. Drunk guys tries to hide an illegally obtained firearm under the seat (or a legally obtained one which would help identify him as the offender who menaced the woman earlier). The moment he is observed to be touching a weapon, things would be very "hairy," regardless of whether the individual grabbed the weapon to use it or not. Is this what is meant by "either way?"

Again, I have not seen the paper edition and am unaware as to whether there are details, left out of the online edition (or the story altogether), which would contradict my imagining of this scenario. (Example: If this center console had a lid and it was closed, my entire theory goes out the window as the weapon would've already remained concealed absent a vehicle search). If this is not the case, I would then submit that the author of this article is anti-2nd amendment and is injecting hyperbole into the story.

S w Rand 2016

Whether my potential critique on the author turns out to hold weight or not, I feel this comment serves as a good example for people in regards to paying attention to details and testing the integrity of journalists and/or opinion bloggers.

John Harville

.... and eyewitnesses and second-guessers.

S w Rand 2016

The article merely mentions that the eyewitness saw alot of guns and he felt that "it came pretty close," which may just refer to the officers' weapons and their actions and/or body language.
Whether or not this witness is also referring to the suspects would depend on his angle of view in relation to the vehicle they were inside of. I see no way of assuming this from the wording of the article, especially when there seems to be no charge related to pulling a gun on the officers.

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sandtown born a...

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grandmasgirl

Are "hillbillies" something to be ashamed of? Believe it or not, they are equal to a lot of "northerners". Just sayin!. I can see if you said they were a bunch of drunks, but adding the "hillbillies" part just showed your viewpoint of a class of people.

John Harville

... ahhh. so you're from Clyde... where there a lot of Keegans. Most of 'em would kick you asss with a beer in one hand. You really wanna be callin' out a Keegan with a gun?

gene44870

I just want to to thank the Police for doing what they due so we cn work play and rest in a safe town . Its just to bad , that some people dont want that and are willing to detroy what we peace loving people have

gene44870

I know that this statement might be off base , but I think this is something that has hit home really hard . and that is that two officers were shot and one that was only working for his dept a little over a year has died , and i ask for anyone that has any respect to say a special prayer for him , the dept as well as his family .This has to do with the boston bombings

Simple Enough II

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reporter54

Hillbillies equal to northerners? well, first of all, all hillbillies are not southerners. take a look around. there's more hillbillies here in OH than I ever saw down south (and I don't mean southern OH). Frankly, people confuse hillbillies with rednecks and with being persons of low intelligence. Many hillbillies are quite smart; others not so much. Same with rednecks. Same with northerners. So I guess there is some truth to your statement.

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