Suicidal man jailed

A Roseville, Calif., man remains lodged in the Jackson County Jail after holding three White City residents in their home against their will this weekend and refusing for hours to surrender to police.

Kevin Gary McCullough, 37, was arraigned in Jackson County Circuit Court Monday on three counts each of menacing and being a felon in possession of a weapon, two counts of first-degree theft, and charges of strangulation, fourth-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon. He remained in jail Monday, with bail set at $250,000.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters said deputies were called to Meadows Road in the early-morning hours Saturday because a man had stolen a rifle from a truck and was walking down the road firing the gun. Deputies were headed to that call when the dispatch center got a call at about 2:50 a.m. reporting an intoxicated man with a gun to his head at a home in the 16000 block of Meadows Road.

Deputies determined both calls were about McCullough, who had assaulted his girlfriend and held her and another couple at the Meadows Road home against their will. He had fired a handgun several times inside the house.

When officers arrived at the house, the three people were able to leave safely, but McCullough, who was described as suicidal, wouldn't come out and refused to talk to the deputies, Winters said. At about 2:45 a.m., a negotiation team from the sheriff's department and SWAT officers took over so patrol officers could return to regular duties, Winters said.

Negotiations via a cell phone SWAT officers delivered to McCullough continued until he surrendered at about 11:10 a.m. Saturday.

"It was the best-case scenario for us, with no injuries on either side," Winters said.

Reach reporter Anita Burke at 776-4485, or e-mail

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