Neighbor calls standoff in Center Granview home 'sad'

Posted: Feb. 19, 2013 10:32 am Updated: Nov. 28, 2014 9:19 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writers

Bev Carroll, who lives in the Center Granview neighborhood where Donald Rick Pruett has barricaded himself inside his home since Monday afternoon, calls the situation "sad."

"My granddaughter was at our house, and she was expecting to hear gun shots," Carroll said Tuesday morning. "She is scared. That's why I came down (to a neighbor's house). I didn't want her to see all of the police up there."

Police Chief Rob Copley says Pruett, 52, is confirmed to be armed and is showing suicidal tendencies. Quincy Police Department negotiators continue to talk with him during a standoff.

Neighbors said Pruett, known as Rick in the neighborhood, worked as a supervisor at Konstant Products until it closed last year.

Sgt. Duane Long said two Quincy police investigators went to the house Monday to interview Pruett as part of an ongoing investigation involving an allegation of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving a minor child.

Copley said a warrant is on file for Pruett related to the investigation, but he would say no more about the case.

Garrett Scott, 14, who said he lived in the neighborhood, said he knew the man in the home and was "shocked" to learn about the situation.

"I've been over to his house quite a few times, and during the summer, I'd go over there and maybe just watch TV," he said. "We'd go on boat rides. He was just a friendly guy through the whole neighborhood."

As a bus went through the southside neighborhood Tuesday morning to pick up children for school, Shane Barnes, director of transportation for the Quincy School District, drove behind in his truck. Barnes said they haven't had to alter bus routes that much because of the standoff.

"We just have to stay out of those corners," Barnes said.