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Stand-Off a Result of Family Trouble and Road Rage

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MEDICINE PARK, Okla_A Medicine Park man's fit of road rage resulted in a bizarre series of events including a fire, death threats and ultimately him being tased and taken to jail.

All of this ended Wednesday afternoon with a half-hour stand-off at a home in Medicine Park where the man had been staying.

Sheriff Kenny Stradley said the man arrested was Joseph Squires. He couldn't go into detail but made it clear Squires is no stranger to local law enforcement, and he said it was no secret that a feud between him and his family had been brewing.

Initially, Medicine Park Police were called out on a incident of road rage between Joseph Squires and one of his family members.

"He had tried to run one of them off the road in a vehicle and that's what started it all, " said Sheriff Stradley.

After the road rage incident, Squires broke into his sister's home and threatened to kill her and burn down the house. By the time Medicine Park Police made contact with him he had moved into the house next door where he had been staying.

"There was a couple of people in the residence. He made them leave the residence. At this time he started to barricade himself in the residence, and then he kept coming outside hollering and screaming at the police officers, " said Stradley.

That's when the Sheriff's Department was called in for back up.

"When I arrived on the scene he was pretty well upset and screaming and hollering. I believe he was possibly intoxicated. He did start a fire inside of the residence and he threw out animals out of the residence, " Stradley said.

Once the fire was visible from the outside, the Tactical Team decided it was time to go in.

"They went in to the residence and he went out the back door of the residence where he was pursued by Medicine Park and Tribal Police and Comanche County Sheriff's Department, " said Stradley.

Medicine Park Police said Squires was given ample time to surrender peacefully, but ultimately had to use a taser to bring him into custody.

Sheriff Stradley said Squires will be charged with 3rd degree arson for the small fire in the house. Medicine Park will also be filing additional charges for the city ordinances Squires broke in the town.

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