Bond $1M for man in Dayton 13-hour standoff who says he is a sovereign citizen

Bond $1M for man in Dayton 13-hour standoff who says he is a sovereign citizen

DAYTON — Bond is set at $1 million for a 30-year-old Dayton man accused of firing shots at Dayton police officers, then taking his girlfriend and two small children hostage.

Derrick J. Lewis was arraigned Tuesday for two counts of felonious assault on a police officer, three counts of kidnapping and other charges stemming from the Jan. 3 13-hour standoff at a Briarwood Avenue apartment in Dayton.

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His court date was the continuation of his Jan. 16 arraignment in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

When Lewis claimed in court that he was a sovereign citizen — meaning he believes he is free of any legal constraints — the public defender who was representing him left.

Minutes later, when the prosecutor was reading the indictment, Lewis had an outburst:

"How did this even start though? This started because my brother let the so-called peace officer in the house without them announcing, they actually walked in the house without announcing themselves. They just walked in … and they did not have their body cams on them that they supposed to have."

Lewis is accused of firing shots at officers while they attempted to take him into custody Jan. 3 at a Briarwood Avenue apartment. After firing the shots, Lewis allegedly barricaded himself inside, taking a woman and two boys hostage. Police said that one of the boys was Lewis’ son, and both boys were the woman’s children.

The SWAT standoff that ensued lasted nearly 14 hours, and no one was injured, police said.