MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - New details have been released surrounding a scary police standoff in the Westwood area that came to a peaceful end Friday evening, with the arrest of 21-year-old Redarius Jones.
Memphis Police responded to a domestic disturbance call in which a woman asked for assistance in picking up her 11-month-old child from Jones, the child’s father. The affidavit on Jones’ arrest says he fired at her and officers and told them he was ready for “war.”
Police said Jones holed himself up with ten other people, including his child, inside a home in the 3700 block of Masterson Cove. A person inside the house Saturday slammed the door when WMC Action News 5 inquired for comment.
Darnell Nelson got a frantic text from his mother who lives just a few streets down.
“It made me very uneasy to have that type of activity, for it to happen out of nowhere,” Nelson said.
An arrest report notes once officers accompanied the mother of Jones’ child to the house and knocked on the door, Jones fired a shot at the woman and an officer. Police hid her and the report indicates Jones kept firing and saying, “I am ready for war with you (expletive) today."
Memphis Police said officers on scene showed restraint. Crisis negotiators were called in and got the standoff to end after nearly four hours.
“They were able to go about what they’re trained to do. They were able to talk the gentleman into peacefully surrendering,” said Louis Brownlee, Memphis Police Department spokesperson.
Investigators said they found a bullet hole in a house across the street.
The affidavit indicates Jones gave a statement to police saying he “blacked out.”
He’s charged with attempted first degree murder, aggravated assault and employing a firearm during a dangerous felony. His first court appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Monday, December 2.