Standoff ends with arrest of Portsmouth man


PORTSMOUTH— A report of a suspicious vehicle at a residence on Dorman Drive turned into a standoff with an individual known to local law enforcement.

A property owner reported a suspicious vehicle at his recently purchased property at 2750 Dorman Drive at about 4:21 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2. The owner wanted Portsmouth Police to check the locked residence before attempting to enter.

Upon arrival, officers saw Aaron Armstrong, 30, running back into the property. He had allegedly forced entry into the residence. Armstrong was known to have a felony indictment through the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office and officers ordered him out of the residence, but Armstrong refused. Instead, he barricaded himself in the residence.

Armstrong was known to have several handguns in his possession. Officers contacted Portsmouth SWAT and after a three-hour standoff they were able to take Armstrong into custody without further issues. No one was seriously harmed during the incident.

More charges have been added to the felony indictments from earlier this year of breaking and entering, possession of drugs, possessing criminal tools, receiving stolen property, and misdemeanor theft, burglary, and obstructing official business. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday, Dec. 5, in Scioto County Court of Common Pleas.

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