SMITHFIELD – A Smithfield man is behind bars after threatening to kill police, a relative, and burn down the house he was in.
Police say 62-year-old Ronald Lane strangled a family member, threatened police, and caused a standoff before police were able to enter his home and arrest him.
Around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, police responded to Village Road for a reported assault.
After interviewing the victim, deputies went to arrest Lane at his home.
Lane came to the door when police arrived, and yelled at deputies and threatened to shoot them if they came any closer.
Negotiators tried to talk to Lane, who continued to threaten police and also texted threats to the victim.
He also said he would burn down the home during the standoff.
After a search warrant was acquired at around 2:20 a.m., tactical team members were able to get inside the home and secured Lane.
He is being held at the Somerset County Jail on charges of domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal threatening, criminal threatening, and refusing to submit to arrest.