DUNBAR, WV (WOWK) – It was a scary scene for neighbors on 18th Street in Dunbar when they saw SWAT officers in an armored vehicle. Now that it’s over, they say they’re thankful that no one was killed.
“When SWAT came in I thought I don’t know if we should all be standing here and then the leader of Dunbar came along. At that time a lot of people were up there and he said I don’t care what you do but this guy has guns and these windows are open right where you are so we went further Glenna said. Lawling, the victim’s neighbor.
Police said Saturday’s incident actually started the day before when cops received a call about domestic violence. The suspect was gone by the time police arrived, but on Saturday morning his car was spotted near the victim’s home. At one point, police said the suspect broke into the residence and the victim ran out the back door. When the police told him to come out, they said he refused.
“The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department responded with their SWAT team. We basically had a gentleman who refused to come out, and you can never have enough manpower on hold for the safety of everything. You have the stranger of a man barricaded in a house with a gun. You don’t know what frame of mind they’re in, what’s going on, ”said Brian Oxley, Chief of the Dunbar Police Department.
Lawling was relived when the suspect was taken into custody and luckily no shots were fired.
“Okay, it’s like he’s shooting, the house right across is right behind me, and it could just go between this guy’s house and right into my garage and my granddaughter is sleeping in the room in the background, ”Lawling said.
The suspect had previously been arrested for domestic violence and was out on bail. His name and mugshot have not yet been released.
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