AVA, Mo. -- Douglas County sheriff's deputies Cpl. Brad Loveless and Deputy Nathan Long responded to a home on Highway K on Monday after getting a report about a man holding his wife hostage. While deputies and Sheriff Chris Degase were en route, dispatch told them that two neighbors and two more family members who went to the home to help the wife were now being held at gunpoint as well.
Loveless and Long arrived first and began speaking with the man on the PA system. Deputies were able to get him to release the two neighbors and two family members. The wife was able to hide in the house while the other four were leaving but she did not exit the house at that time.
The man went to the front door with a weapon in his hand and looked out momentarily, then stepped back inside. Deputies were able to continue speaking with him and surrounded the home while awaiting the arrival of Degase.