Police issue warrant for man at center of barricade situation - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Police issue warrant for man at center of barricade situation

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Memphis police issued a warrant for the 20-year-old they believed had barricaded himself inside an apartment. However, after several long hours of a standoff, police discovered the man was not inside the apartment.

Memphis residents were evacuated from their homes as officers were engaged in a standoff situation at South Pointe Townhomes on East Shelby Drive.

Memphis Police Department confirmed on Tuesday afternoon a person of interest in an ongoing investigation was barricaded inside one of the apartments. MPD evacuated people living in the area. However, police later discovered the man was not in the apartment.

"I knew something had to be going down when I saw the units come through as far as the police wagon come in," business owner Bishop Earl Baskin, Jr. said. 

Baskin owns a restaurant next to the South Point Townhomes. 

"While they were here to conduct the follow up investigation, a man barricaded himself. 20-year-old suspect barricaded himself inside one of the apartments," MPD spokesperson Louis Brownlee said.

Police said the man might have been armed. 

Eddie Phillips said the 20-year-old is his nephew.

"They said he had carjacked and had stolen guns and all that," Phillips said. 

Police stood outside the apartment for hours talking with an amplified microphone. They said things like "your family is worried about you". The suspect did not respond to any of it.

While heavily armed police surrounded the apartment, even standing on the roof, residents came and went.

Sources said the suspect is part of a large theft ring. There is a warrant out for his arrest. Police have not yet released his name.

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