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Lawyers: Chesterfield stand off suspect suffers from depression and PTSD


A man who was shot seven times by Chesterfield Police during a Thanksgiving standoff never fired a shot, his lawyers said in court Friday.

A judge granted a $15,000 bond for the suspect, Michael Killough. The standoff happened in the North Oaks subdivision off of Centralia Road. A number of homes were hit by bullets after police say they were forced to shoot.

Lawyers say Killough was shot seven times, and after several surgeries, none of the injuries are life-threatening.

Killough's lawyer, Craig Cooley, told a judge his client is dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression. Cooley says just before Thanksgiving, Killough's medication was changed and he was also drinking alcohol. Cooley also says Killough had been dealing with the deaths of his other set of twin children and had been getting help at Tucker Psychiatric.

Killough's arm is now in a cast but he was able to appear for his bond hearing via video conference. His lawyer told the judge a change in his medication, plus a mixture of alcohol led to the standoff on Oakside Drive. In the end, lawyers say the father of two children never shot his rifle, but he was shot seven times by police and neighbors' homes had bullet holes.

Prosecutors wanted Killough to stay in jail and released new details about what happened.  They say Killough was arguing with his wife in the car and tried to jump out. After the fourth attempt, they say the wife pulled over and let him out.

She got home before him and that's when prosecutors say she tried to hide all of his guns in a laundry basket - but she didn't hide the rifle in time.

Lawyers say Killough's daughter asked, "What if daddy tries to kill us?" They say police were called after Killough attacked his own father, and he then pointed the rifle at police, telling officers to kill him.

Killough's lawyer told the judge to consider the fact that his client does not have a criminal record, served in the U.S. Army and works at the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Co-workers told lawyers they are even volunteering to work Killough's shifts so he can keep his job.

Chesterfield Police did not comment about the new information released on Friday, but the officers involved are on administrative leave, which is part of the protocol.

The bond has conditions: all firearms and alcohol had to be removed from the home, and Killough will have to undergo random drug screenings. His next court date is set for February.

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