A local man is in custody after a two-and-a-half hour standoff with the Columbus Police Department SWAT team in the 700 block of Werner Avenue.

Miguel J. Rivas
Miguel J. Rivas

Miguel J. Rivas, 29, Columbus was arrested on charges of:

  • Possession of a machine gun
  • Two counts of possession of a handgun without a license
  • Obliterating identifying marks on a handgun
  • Possession of a syringe
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Operating a vehicle without ever receiving a license

Police saw Rivas standing near the Werner Street residence at about 4 p.m. Thursday and confirmed he had multiple warrants for his arrest.

Columbus police approach a home in the 700 block of Werner Avenue during a standoff with Miguel J. Rivas, 29, Columbus, who was wanted on multiple charges. Photo provided
Columbus police approach a home in the 700 block of Werner Avenue during a standoff with Miguel J. Rivas, 29, Columbus, who was wanted on multiple charges.

Due to the nature of the warrants, including possession of a machine gun, the SWAT team and crisis negotiators were sent and made contact with Rivas, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman. Rivas left the house shortly after 6:30 p.m.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.