Pomeroy man arrested after charging at police chief

Staff Report

June 9, 2014

POMEROY — A Meigs County man was arrested Sunday evening after he not only allegedly made threats to kill a local resident, but also later charged at Pomeroy’s police chief while wielding an axe.

Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood reported on Monday afternoon that Ernest L. Ramsey, 63, of Pomeroy, was arrested at approximately 5 p.m. Sunday following a traffic stop.

According to Wood, the incident began after the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office received a call at approximately 4 p.m. Sunday from an individual who was reporting that a man was at her neighbor’s residence making threats to kill the neighbor with a hatchet that he had in his possession.

After the suspect reportedly left the residence, an alert was given to local law enforcement with the description of the suspect’s vehicle and his license plate number.

Wood reported that at approximately 4:39 p.m., a call came into the sheriff’s office in reference to a possible drunk driver in a vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s.

At approximately 4:46 p.m., Pomeroy Police Chief Mark Proffitt reportedly initiated a traffic stop on the suspect after his vehicle was observed traveling erratically.

When exiting the truck, the suspect, later identified as Ramsey, had in his possession what looked like a large machete and allegedly starting yelling and charging at Proffitt.

Proffitt reportedly then drew his service weapon and ordered Ramsey to put down the machete.

Ramsey reportedly threw the machete to the ground and then ran back to his vehicle. While at his vehicle, the suspect allegedly attempted to retrieve something from underneath the seat of his pickup truck before Proffitt, along with other officers who had arrived on scene, were able to subdue Ramsey and take him into custody.

Officers later reportedly found that the weapon Ramsey was in the possession of at the time of the incident was an axe.

Wood further reported that he, along with other deputies with the sheriff’s office, were also on scene to assist Pomeroy police officers.

Ramsey has been charged with two counts of felonious assault and one count of resisting arrest following the incident.

He was incarcerated in the Middleport Jail on Sunday pending a court appearance in Meigs County Court.