Deputies face brief standoff while serving drug indictments

Published 3:37 pm Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Law enforcement officers attempting to serve arrest warrants found themselves in a brief standoff Tuesday morning but were able to make the arrest safely according to Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford.

Deputies of the Carter County Sheriff’s Office and agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force responded to a home on Charity Hill Road Tuesday morning as part of a roundup operation.

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“My drug officers were serving an indictment at the residence,” Lunceford said.

When officers arrived at the home, there was a man and woman inside, and officers were attempting to arrest the male subject, according to Lunceford.

The man closed the door on officers and wouldn’t come out of the home, Lunceford said, adding the woman exited the residence.

“He hid under the bed and had a pit bull with him,” Lunceford said.

According to radio transmissions between officers at the scene and 911 dispatchers, the officers created a perimeter around the house and waited for a K9 officer to arrive before they made entry to the home. Lunceford said once officers made it inside the residence the man surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident.

“The whole thing lasted about 15 minutes,” Lunceford said. “The dogs and humans are all okay.”

Lunceford said the identity of the man involved is not being released at this time, but will be released later once all the arrests in the roundup have been completed. There are several indictments to be served as part of this roundup according to Lunceford.

“It’s part of an ongoing investigation that has been going on for about a year,” Lunceford said.