Mt. Juliet police evacuate 12 homes Saturday

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:56 PM

Mt. Juliet officers and Wilson County sheriff's deputies evacuated 12 homes Saturday while they negotiated with a possibly armed man apparently threatening suicide, said police.

Police responded to a home in the 300 Block of Dunwood Loop around 3:15 p.m. on Saturday afternoon to do a welfare check on a man threatening suicide, said police.

Upon arrival, officers learned the man had locked himself inside the home and was possibly armed with handguns and long-range rifles. Families in about 12 homes were asked to evacuate due to their close proximity to the man’s home and to ensure that residents remained safe during the incident.

“I hate that many of our residents were displaced during this incident, but the well-being of the barricaded individual and the safety of the public was our top priority,” said Chief James Hambrick. “We appreciate Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan and his team of fine officers for responding to assist us.”

Mt. Juliet police Special Response Team and crisis negotiators, as well as Wilson County SWAT and crisis negotiation teams, responded to assist.

"We were requested to deploy our special response team and negotiators, which we did, to assist," said Bryan. "Upon arrival, our negotiators talked to the subject, and he came out of house and surrendered without incident."  

Residents were not allowed to enter the Providence Landing neighborhood since the barricaded subject’s home was near the neighborhood entrance. Other homeowners were asked to seek shelter.

After speaking with a Wilson County Sheriff crisis negotiator, the subject came out the front door around 6:15 p.m. to meet officers.

No one was harmed during the incident, and the man went to a hospital for treatment. 

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