Death by Foreclosure | Six Hour Standoff Ends in Gunshots and Flames
WINCHESTER — Authorities have identified the man who died in a police standoff Monday night that ended in fire.
The man was William T. Stein, 54, 2251 N. Randolph County Road 350-E, according to Randolph County Coroner Duane Petry.
Authorities, however, aren’t yet certain exactly how Stein died and are awaiting an autopsy report from forensic pathologist Paul Mellen at Ball Memorial Hospital.
Sheriff’s deputies were called to Stein’s home Monday afternoon to stand by while a bank representative changed the locks on the house, which was in foreclosure proceedings.
When deputies knocked on the front door, two gunshots were fired through the door from the inside, missing the deputies.
The resulting standoff lasted six hours, until police heard two more gunshots from inside the house; the house then caught fire.
Police believe Stein started the fire.
SOURCE: The Star Press