At approximately 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, deputies with the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene of a domestic violence dispute at a residence on Possum Trot Road, Addison Township.
Reportedly, the victim Mildred M. Gilbert, 28, secretly called the 911 dispatch center and left the line open as her husband, Derek Gilbert, 30, who was intoxicated, allegedly threatened to kill her and any law enforcement officials that may arrive. He allegedly brandished a handgun and pointed it at her and their four children.
Deputies arrived on scene and parked their vehicles on the main roadway away from the residence, due to the suspect’s threats to kill the officers as they arrived. Upon the arrival of the officers, Derek Gilbert then, reportedly, exited the residence and, while on his back porch, fired a 20-gauge shotgun away from the officers.
The sheriff’s office tactical unit was called to the scene at 4 a.m. and continued to monitor the situation with updates from the 911 center as dispatchers listened in on the situation via the open line. The phone line later went dead and, at approximately 6 a.m., the SWAT team entered the residence and took the suspect into custody and seized his firearms.
The victims were found hidden in a small bedroom of the residence and were unharmed.
Gilbert is being charged with two counts of domestic violence, one count of using weapons while intoxicated and felonious assault with a weapon.