VIDEO: Southside Standoff ends
3 months ago
Donald Richard "Rick" Pruett ended his 21-hour standoff with QPD
The man who barricaded himself in his southside Quincy home for 21 hours has surrendered.
Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley said Donald Richard "Rick" Pruett was "just ready" to give up when he surrendered to officers around 11 a.m. Tuesday. Visit the gallery above to view the full interview with Copley.
“He is unarmed, he is out, he is in police custody, and he is ok,” Copley said. “He surrendered because of the accumulation of no food, water or cigarettes. He was ready to give himself up,” said Copley.
Officers confirmed Pruett did have a handgun in his immediate possession as well as other weapons in his home.
Negotiations with Pruett began 2:30 yesterday afternoon after detectives went to the home to investigate an allegation of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving a minor.
Additional charges are pending with the Adams County State's Attorney's office. State's Attorney Jon Barnard expects those charges to be filed either Wednesday or Thursday.
UPDATE: Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley has confirmed the identity of the man who has barricaded himself inside his south side Quincy home since yesterday afternoon.
Police have identified the man as Donald Richard "Rick" Pruett, 52, of 1718 Center Granview.
“Overnight we were able to get a visual through window and confirmed he is armed with a hand gun,” Copley said. “He was been talking off and on all night. We have cycled our personnel on a regular basis. He has gone with very little sleep and as far as we know no food or water since the incident started.”
Copley said officers believe Pruett has “suicidal tendencies” and it is QPD’s goal to get him out with no one getting hurt.
As of 6 a.m. Tuesday morning, investigators with the Quincy Police Department were still negotiating with the resident at 1718 Center Granview.
As of Monday night, the resident has not received any food or water and has not been out of the room to use the restroom.
"He's still unstable and going back and forth," says Police Chief Rob Copley. "He's talking but he gets upset at different times and talks rationally at other times."
"If we could get him to surrender the weapon, it would be over," Copley says. "But he's not wanting to do that. We're pretty confident he is armed. We have not seen the weapon but he says he's armed, there's ammunition in the house, there's a gun safe in the house, neighbors say he has weapons.
When asked what their strategy was, Copley said that "in these situations, you don't want to force anything because time is on our side, we've got no reason to rush. We've had people transition in and out, that's a luxury we have is the ability to circulate our people, feed our people, give them bathroom breaks, water, what have you, that's a luxury he does not have and will hopefully work in our favor."
The resident only has access to the bedroom and 2 negotiators are speaking with him. They still do not want to release a name at this time.
Copley could not remember the last standoff that lasted this long.
At approximately 2:30 p.m. on 02-18-13 two detectives from the Quincy Police Department went to 1718 Center Granview to interview a 52 year-old male subject, and resident of 1718 Center Granview, on an Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse allegation concerning a minor child as a victim.
"Shortly after 2 p.m. today investigators from the Quincy Police Department went to 1718 Center Granview to interview a resident in an ongoing case," Chief Rob Copley said. "While they were in the residence, the person barricaded himself in the bedroom, is claiming to be armed, is to believed to be armed and is refusing to exit the bedroom of the residence. We have secured the residence. The Emergency Response Team and negotiators are on scene. He has been talking off and on so that’s good news. We are negotiating with him, trying to bring a peaceful resolution to this incident."
The houses that are closest were evacuated, but Copley says he does not believe the resident is a danger to anyone else but himself and the officers. There is a warrant on file for him.
Copley said they do not want to release a name at this time.