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5/11/2017 12:24:00 AM
County Man Declared Not Guilty By Reason Of Insanity In Lake Standoff
Ricky Chittum - Photo taken from his Facebook page
Ricky Chittum - Photo taken from his Facebook page

An Alleghany County man involved in a standoff with law enforcement last year at Lake Moomaw was declared not guilty Tuesday by reason of insanity.

Ricky Lee Chittum, 30, was charged with brandishing a firearm and assaulting five police officers during the nearly four-hour standoff on Aug. 28.

In a posting on Facebook, Chittum said he was told by God to defend Lake Moomaw from a terrorist attack.

When arrested, he was wearing body armor and had a backpack that held a .45-caliber handgun, two knives, nearly 200 rounds of ammunition, binoculars and other tactical gear.

Chittum told police that he was the general of an army called the Appalachian Christian Elite.

Judge W. Chapman Goodwin ordered that Chittum be sent back to a state psychiatric hospital. Doctors will conduct additional mental health evaluations before deciding when it will be safe for Chittum to be released.

Chittum is a U.S. Army veteran who served two tours of duty in Iraq.

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