Man barricaded in home for nearly 12 hours - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Man barricaded in home for nearly 12 hours

(WMC-TV) - Police arrested the man who reportedly barricaded himself inside a home in East Memphis for nearly 12 hours.

Police were called to 6620 Corsica Drive near Kirby Parkway at 11 p.m. Thursday concerning an armed party who was reported to be intoxicated. Officers were attempting to enter the home when they heard shots fired from upstairs.

One person stayed barricaded in the house alone and refused to comply with officers until just before noon. Officers and other occupants of the house were able to get out safely.

"You just never know what's going on these days. You got to do what you can do to protect your family. And that was my first concern," said neighbor Phillip Cissell.

According to police, the situation appeared to have evolved after a man and his mother got into an argument. The man lives in a guest house where he was barricaded inside behind his mother's home.

The man allegedly attacked his mother, neighbors on the scene said.

"Once they arrived they went into the residence to assist," said Memphis Police Department public information officer Karen Rudolph. "He fired a shot downstairs toward the officers."

Police did not shoot back but backed out and called in the TACT unit and a negotiator.

"Our number one job is to keep everybody out of harm's way," said Rudolph.

Lausanne Collegiate School locked its gates and posted staff out front just in case. The students were never in danger; their day was not disrupted. Nearby residents on London Street were evacuated.

No one was injured.

Police said Jeff Miller was charged with aggravated assault.

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