READ THE LEAD: Why was Brian Potts NOT CHARGED after standoff?Posted by Jack Howser on Saturday, February 8th, 2014 @ 11:41 am.
Most everyone in Gallatin and Saline counties remembers the big standoff that occurred in late September 2013 in Equality with career crim Brian Potts.
The melee was prompted when Potts' wife came running out of their trailer badly beaten, and ended with yet another "mini-standoff" a couple of nights later in Pankeyville, outside Harrisburg, where Potts was ultimately taken in.
Potts, being on parole from DOC, was jailed and whisked right back, facing charges in both Gallatin and Saline counties.
However, those are being dismissed. Why?
We're working out the details with Saline County officials, but most of it rests squarely on the shoulders of Gallatin's state's attorney, Allen Roe.
Exactly how it befalls Roe is the subject of our midday Read the Lead, "Prosecutor drops ball in standoff":
GALLATIN CO.— The saga of a man who led at least six different law enforcement agencies on a wild goose chase of sorts, including a stand-off in Equality (Gallatin County) and a mini-stand-off and take-down in Pankeyville (Saline County), continues.
Brian K. Potts, 39, had been released on parole from Centralia Correctional Center October 5, 2012.
Potts was living with his wife Nicole Bryant-Potts at 855 North McDuffy in Equality, when on September 26, 2013 she contacted authorities and informed them she had been severely beaten by her husband.
When authorities arrived, Bryant-Potts appeared to be heavily drugged and badly beaten.
Bryant-Potts told officers she had been held against her will by her husband who had attacked her.
Officers said she appeared to have suffered a black eye, a severely broken hand, and had blood in her hair.
She said she was able to get away and run out of the trailer but that Potts had followed her with a gun.
She said he then went back into the trailer.
Officers also learned the trailer had been wired with cameras for surveillance.
Bryant-Potts told them she thought her husband had been manufacturing methamphetamine.
A short time later, officers cut the power to the trailer in an effort to get Potts to come out.
That began a stand-off which included the evacuation of some neighbors and hours worth of tactics designed to coax a subject out.
But the tactics, which included blaring horns/running lights and sirens (late into the night), failed to get Potts to come out and give up.
Unbeknownst to the officers, Potts was not in the trailer but had slipped out.
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