One arrested after police standoff in Blytheville

One arrested after police standoff in Blytheville
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
Hartzell Watson (Source: Blytheville Police Dept.)
Hartzell Watson (Source: Blytheville Police Dept.)

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - One man is in custody after a 4-hour police standoff in Blytheville Sunday afternoon.

According to Captain Scott Adams with the Blytheville Police Department, Hartzell Watson, 44, was arrested after being forced out of a home in the 500-block of North Division.

Captain Adams said police originally responded to the house after a family dispute.

When officers arrived, Watson barricaded himself in the house and refused to exit peacefully.

After several hours, police fired smoke and a chemical agent through a window of the home. The gas caught on fire within minutes.

Officers entered the burning house to find Watson, but he jumped out of an attic window.

He was checked by paramedics on the scene and was taken into custody.

The Blytheville Fire Department was on scene and quickly put the fire out.

Watson was then taken to the Mississippi County Jail. He is being held on state and federal warrants.

The Arkansas State Police, Mississippi County Sheriff's Office, and the Second Judicial Drug Task Force assisted with the standoff.

One officer on the scene was treated for dehydration.

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