Father of man involved in barricade situation commends MPD - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Father of man involved in barricade situation commends MPD

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A man who barricaded himself inside a home in the 2900 block of Homewood Drive, near James Road, is in custody after leading police officers on a car chase after he escaped from the house.

The man's aunt told police that her nephew, Benjamin Heard, 20, has a mental illness and was armed inside of the house. He told her he would come out of the house shooting.

When officers arrived at the scene around 9:15 a.m., they heard several gunshots come from inside the home. Somehow the man was able to leave the house and get into a vehicle before leading police on a chase. He was eventually stopped and taken into custody at the BP gas station in the 3000 block of Lamar Avenue.

Heard's father said his son has never done anything like this before.

"He's a good kid, he's not a bad kid, he's just sick and unfortunately when some people get sick, things happen," said Benjamin's father.

Billy Heard says he's just thankful things were not worse and grateful his son is going to be OK.

"It ended peacefully, it ended quietly, no one got hurt. That's the end result you want to have in a situation like this," added Billy.

Billy Heard is still waiting to hear more about what happened and what led to the series of events.

"I'm still piecing it all together," he said.

Benjamin Heard has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, and evading arrest.

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