Sovereign citizen arrested after standoff with SCSO, SWAT teams

Sovereign citizen arrested after standoff with SCSO, SWAT teams
(Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The man who barricaded himself inside a Birdwood Drive home Wednesday night has been arrested.

Joseph Johnson, 38, is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of marijuana, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, and one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun.

Shelby County Sheriff's deputies and Shelby County SWAT teams were called to the standoff.

Earle Farrell, PIO for SCSO, said Johnson is a self-identified "sovereign citizen" and refused to leave the home for a few hours.

WMC Action News 5 was told the standoff ended without any injuries.

Deputies blocked the roads to enter the neighborhood.

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