Former Del. sheriff faces criminal charges

March 10, 2011 10:41:44 AM PST
The former Kent County sheriff is facing criminal charges after a standoff with Dover police.

Police tried to serve a warrant to 58-year-old James Higdon at his home Wednesday for violating a protection from abuse order.

But Higdon refused to leave his home or allow police to enter. A four-hour standoff ensued after police learned there may have been weapons in the home.

Higdon threatened to shoot himself as well as police, who eventually forced their way into the home and took him into custody.

Authorities say Higdon, who lost re-election last year after being convicted of drunken driving, will be charged after a mental health evaluation with possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited, resisting arrest, and terroristic threatening.