Man who barricaded himself in Deatsville home identified


Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 – The man taken into police custody early Tuesday morning was identified as 35-year-old Mark Aaron Swayze.


After a stand-off with police lasting more than three hours, Swayze was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and possession of controlled substances, third-degree, drug unspecified.

Swayze and a family member were the only occupants of a home in the 200 block of Deatsville Loop Monday evening when the Nelson County Dispatch dispatched deputies to the home for a reported domestic incident.

Swayze was armed with a shotgun and at least one semi-automatic handgun when the stand-off with police began at about 8:51 p.m. Monday. The family member locked himself in a bedroom, and Swayze fired numerous rounds inside the home using both weapons during the stand-off.

Photos taken by police showed numerous holes in the home’s walls with spent shell casings littering the floor of the home.

Members of the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and established a perimeter before the arrival of the Kentucky State Police Special Response Team. Swayze was later taken into custody by members of the Special Response Team at about 11:40 p.m. He was booked into the Nelson County Jail at 12:48 a.m. Tuesday.

During the three-plus hour stand-off, police blocked traffic on Deatsville Loop and Deatsville Connector.

No one was injured during the incident.


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