GALLIPOLIS — A Gallia County man is now facing multiple charges after he allegedly threatened to shoot his wife as well as law enforcement officers as they arrived at his residence late last week.
Leonard Jeff Maynard, 54, Gallipolis, was present in the Gallipolis Municipal Court on Tuesday and was charged with one count of aggravated menacing, one count of resisting arrest and one count of domestic violence following an incident that occurred on Friday just outside the Gallipolis City limits.
Maynard was arrested by deputies with the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office working with officers with the Gallipolis Police Department at approximately 11:30 p.m. on January 10 after the victim in this case reported to the police department that her husband had threatened to shoot her and had reportedly brandished a gun.
The victim subsequently left her home, located on Spruce Street Extension, and traveled to the police department where she later spoke with deputies. She reported that Maynard had stated that he had Ak-47s and AR-15s and would “shoot it out” with police as they traveled up his driveway.
Due to the threats, deputies and police officers traveled on foot to the Maynard resident and, upon arrival, observed the suspect on his porch.
According to the police report, Maynard was pacing and talking on the phone. He was reportedly yelling that, when the cops arrived, he would shoot it out with them.
The officers reportedly observed a long gun located just inside the house doorway that was standing open.
As the deputies moved toward the suspect and identified themselves, they ordered Maynard to get on the ground. Maynard reportedly failed to comply with the orders and turned around in an attempt to get inside the house.
The suspect was subsequently tased by a deputy and fell onto the porch, approximately three feet from where the gun was located inside the doorway. Maynard was subsequently taken into custody and was transported to the Gallia County Jail.
A second firearm was also reportedly located just inside the residence and a kitchen knife was found inside the suspect’s pants pocket. The firearms, both .22 caliber rifles, were reportedly found unloaded, and one of the firearms was not functional.
During his arraignment on Tuesday, Maynard’s bond was set at $75,000, 10 percent. A court pre-trial in this case has been scheduled for January 29 in the Gallipolis Municipal Court. Maynard is also reportedly facing possible probation violations in the Common Pleas Court of Gallia County due to this incident through a previous felony drug conviction.