Man who pointed rifle at police sentenced to 60 days in jail

Tyler Horn

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Tyler Horn

A Miami County judge today sentenced a Tipp City man who engaged in a standoff with police to the county jail saying anyone pointing a weapon at an officer would spend time behind bars.

“Here in Miami County, if you point a weapon at a police officer, you are going to go to jail,” Judge Jeannine Pratt told Tyler Horn, 21, during a sentencing hearing in county Common Pleas Court.

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Horn was charged with inducing panic and aggravated menacing, among other charges, following a late evening incident Jan. 18 at his Maynard Drive, Tipp City, apartment. A friend had called police saying Horn might attempt to overdose on medication.

When police arrived, Horn would not answer the door or come outside. Police said they obtained a key and made verbal contact with him. When they opened the door, police said they found Horn standing in the kitchen holding a rife pointed at one officer. The officers retreated and the county Special Response Team was called.

Horn eventually put down the rifle and was arrested about two hours after the initial call to police.

He later pleaded guilty to aggravated menacing. He told Pratt he is undergoing treatment and counseling.

Pratt said Horn had a very limited criminal record and that she struggled in determining an appropriate sentence. “You turned on them and they were just trying to help you,” the judge said.

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Pratt placed him on three years of community control and ordered a 60-day jail term, 50 hours of community service and a mental health assessment. Horn was given credit for 22 days served in jail following his arrest.

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