At a little after 4 a.m. Sunday, Soule was phoned by one of his officers who told him of a stand-off at 10609 Scarritt Ave. Apparently a domestic disturbance led to a man grabbing a .357 Magnum from his truck and threatening to kill his wife.

Sugar Creek Police Chief Herb Soule doesn’t fancy being awakened in the middle of the night.

“I like my beauty rest,” Soule said.

Unless duty calls.

At a little after 4 a.m. Sunday, Soule was phoned by one of his officers who told him of a stand-off at 10609 Scarritt Ave. Apparently a domestic disturbance led to a man grabbing a .357 Magnum from his truck and threatening to kill his wife. 

He then encouraged her to call the police, allowing her to run from the house. He told her he was going to barricade himself in the house and kill a couple of cops before they killed him.

Soule said he contacted Independence and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, who were willing to assist.

“A sergeant (with Jackson County Sheriff’s Department) asked if I wanted a Bearcat,” Soule said. “I told them sure if you’re offering to bring it down.”

Soule said he wasn’t sure what a Bearcat was.

So he asked.

“It’s an armored personnel carrier that can drive through a house,” Soule said. “I decided to turn it down.”

Fortunately, officers at the scene were able to reach the man’s brother, who convinced him to surrender about an hour after police arrived.

“It was a volatile situation,” Soule said. “Any time you get somebody willing to commit suicide by cop, you have nothing to threaten that person with because they’re willing to die anyway.”

Sugar Creek Alderman Joseph Kenney said he listened to the entire incident unfold over the scanner he keeps in his house.

“For some odd reason I was up and about at 4 in the morning and quickly learned about the potential for a stand-off in our town,” Kenney said. “I heard over the scanner about a man saying if an officer comes to my front porch, I’m going to shoot him.”

Kenney said the Sugar Creek officers’ ability to diffuse the situation was encouraging.

“We’re lucky to have the personnel we have patrolling our streets,” Kenney said. “It makes me feel safe, even if they’re no longer my next door neighbors (the police and fire departments moved in December to a new facility on property just west of North Kentucky Avenue).”

According to Soule, police confiscated nine weapons from the home and “copious rounds of ammunition that will not be returned short of a court order.”

He said the man was arrested and is being held in a nearby jail on a slate of state charges including the unlawful use of a weapon. His bond was set at $50,000.