Opp standoff ends peacefully

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 29, 2003

OPP - A standoff lasting four hours in Opp concluded Thursday afternoon with no injuries reported, according to the Opp Police Department.

Around noon Thursday, the Opp Police Department received a call from a person threatening to injure himself, a release from the department stated.

The incident occurred at a residence on Hillcrest Drive, off Saunders Road, with officers from the Covington County Sheriff's Department and the Covington County 22nd Judicial Drug Task Force (DTF) responding to the scene to assist the Opp Police Department.

According to the release, the subject fired two shots in the air from a pistol. No one was injured during the incident, and around 4 p.m., officers were able to subdue the man who has yet to be identified. The man has been placed in protective custody for evaluation.

Family members had apparently tried to talk to the subject, when he began making verbal threats and fired the two shots.

Reports also stated that Opp Police Chief Bill Shaw tried to talk the subject out of a dog pen in the backyard of the residence before he and members of the DTF were able to bring the subject down and dislodge the pistol.