Man wanted for ramming MPD cars surrenders after Frayser standoff

(Source: WMC Action News 5)
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FRAYSER, TN (WMC) - The man who barricaded himself inside a Frayser apartment complex for hours on Sunday afternoon is now in police custody.

Shelby County Sheriff's Department and Memphis Police Department are happy the situation ended peacefully with the capture of 20-year-old Dennis Compton.

Police had been looking for Compton after several dangerous run-ins with him. Several warrants were also out on Compton for theft and aggravated assault in Southaven and Memphis.

Deputies were called out after Compton had an argument with his girlfriend, according to witnesses.

When deputies arrived, he wouldn't come out of the apartment and police said he was armed.

Police said Compton went on Facebook Live and said if more than 1,000 people tuned in, he would start shooting. He eventually gave himself up peacefully.

Over the past few weeks, Compton allegedly ran from police and even rammed MPD cars several times, but had never been caught.

"We're always happy when it ends peacefully," said Shelby County Sheriff's Office PIO Earle Farrell. "Our officers, nobody got hurt, no police officers, no sheriff's deputies and the person that was wanted didn't get hurt. And that was one of the questions, if he comes out is he going to get hurt? No, if you don't have a gun, put your hands up and walk out."

The barricade situation lasted a couple of hours. Farrell says SWAT team negotiators were critical to ending the situation without violence.

Compton is charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, and burglary for the standoff over the weekend. But, according to records, Compton's criminal history dates back to April of this year. Those charges include reckless driving, theft, and assault.

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