A US Marine was locked in an eight-hour standoff with police Sunday following a domestic dispute.
According to WSOCTV, the 26-year-old Marine was armed and refused to exit his vehicle following a chase by Catawba County deputies in North Carolina.
Officials have surmised the Marine was involved in a domestic incident in Mooresville, leaving before police could arrive at the scene. When he was nowhere to be found, MPD alerted other law enforcement agencies, who went on the hunt.
Shortly after the search began, the man was spotted in Catawba County, leading deputies on a chase. When the chase finally ended, the man still refused to surrender.
“The suspect did have a weapon and was threatening to harm himself or others,” Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell said.
According to Campbell, the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT) utilized flashbang and tear gas grenades, flushing the Marine out and taking him into custody without incident.
Despite the fact that the highway was shut down and several worship services and businesses were impacted, Campbell says he’s proud of his officers and that interrupted traffic and activities was the better alternative to a possibly violent situation.
“I’m proud of the job our guys have done,” Campbell said. “No guns were fired. He was taken into custody…I apologize for that but had he got to the area and got to the church it could have been a bad situation.”
Investigators have yet to release the identity of the Marine, the nature of the domestic incident or the kind of charges he will face.
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