Trumann Police Involved in Tense Armed Stand-Off

MARCH 4, 2005 - Posted at 3:22 p.m. CST

TRUMANN, AR - Approximately twelve Trumann police officers were involved in a tense two-hour standoff with an armed man early Thursday evening.

Police were called to a residence on the east side of Trumann shortly after 6 p.m., where they encountered a despondent man who had barricated himself inside his home and refused to leave the residence.  Police negotiated with the armed man for approximately one hour before the suspect finally stepped out on to the home's front porch with his gun, and asked to speak with police chief Larry Blagg.

Blagg then went inside the residence with the man and began trying to talk the suspect into giving up the weapon.  The situation then intensified when the suspect cocked the hammer on a "large revolver" and raised it.  As he attempted to raise the gun, Blagg reacted by quickly placing the edge of his hand between the hammer and the gun's firing pin.  At that point, other officers watching the situation through a window then rushed inside the house, overpowered the suspect and disarmed him.

The suspect, whose name has not yet been released, is being held in police custody and will also undergo a mental evaluation, according to Blagg.

Blagg said officers from the Bay Police and Poinsett County Sheriff' Department assisted his officers at the time of the incident.