Litchfield Man Charged For Threatening Police

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A Litchfield man who allegedly threatened police and brandished a gun after they arrived for a domestic disturbance on Thursday night, Sept. 10, was arrested the next day on a felony warrant.

Jerold L. Pope, 50, of Litchfield, was taken into custody at 12:13 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, on a felony charge of aggravated assault.

Litchfield police responded to a domestic disturbance call at 10:07 p.m. Thursday in the 500 block of East Buchanan.  According to the Litchfield Police Department, officers were assisting an adult woman and two juveniles retrieve some personal property from the home so they could stay elsewhere for the night when Pope allegedly threatened officers, told them to leave the residence, and then stepped outside with a firearm.

After he went back inside, several other law enforcement agencies arrived to establish a perimeter around the home.  Once it was determined that Pope was alone inside, the perimeter was dissolved and police kept a watch over the home.

Officers saw Pope leave at about 6:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, searched the residence, and found several loaded firearms, ammunition, and spent cartridges.

After an arrest warrant was obtained through the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s office, Pope was taken into custody in the 400 block of East St. John and taken to Montgomery County Jail on $75,000 bond.

According to Litchfield police, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Hillsboro Police Department, Gillespie Police Department, Staunton Police Department, and Illinois State Police assisted in the investigation.

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