Ofc. Stephen Anderson, PIO
Friday, September 10, 2021 at 2:21 p.m.
Early morning standoff ends with domestic violence victim safely removed from residence, suspect still outstanding
On September 10, 2021 at approximately 2:00am, 911 received a phone call from a third party stating a friend had just been assaulted by her boyfriend. The caller remained on the line with 911 as she received multiple emergency “SOS” texts from her friend.
The caller told 911 her friend lived in the 5900 block of N. Monroe Street. SPD officers immediately converged on the area and located the residence and the victim. Officers were able to get the victim out of the residence safely. The victim told officers her boyfriend assaulted her and has a history of threatening to kill her. Additionally, the victim said the suspect may have access to firearms inside the residence. She told officers the suspect was still inside the residence, to the best of her knowledge.
Officers developed probable cause for Fourth Degree Assault (DV) and Unlawful Imprisonment (DV). Due to the suspect being a convicted felon with potential access to firearms, the residence was contained and additional resources were requested.
In an effort to protect the community, officers, and the suspect, personnel from SPD SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics), Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT), K9, UAS (Drone), and EDU (Explosive Disposal Unit) were activated to assist in bringing the incident to a peaceful conclusion.
A search warrant for the residence was obtained.
Hostage Negotiators on scene established contact with the suspect. He was non-cooperative and refused to surrender himself after being advised he was under arrest.
Officers eventually received information the suspect fled the residence just prior to SPD arrival. At this time, the suspect remains at large, however there is no indication of an ongoing threat to the community.
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