Marietta man charged with attempted murder of a police officer

A Marietta man is in custody after firing several shots at police officers during a five-hour stand off with police officer at his Spring Street home. William Bruce Ransom Jr. is being held without bond at the Washington County Jail on a charge of attempted murder of a police officer, a first-degree felony. Officers responded to Ransom’s home at 140 E. Spring St. around 12:15 a.m. today after his wife, Susan Ransom, called an ambulance because William was reportedly suicidal. Ransom fired at officers first inside the home and then through windows. He surrendered around 5:20 a.m. after officers used tear gas.

Officers from the Marietta Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and WCSO Special Response Team responded and the Ohio State Highway Patrol helped with traffic.

See Friday’s edition of The Marietta Times for more.