Cherokee Village Police Chief Held Hostage in Stand-Off

CHEROKEE VILLAGE, AR - Charges of criminal attempt to commit first degree murder have been filed against an Ash Flat man.

The charges stem from an apparent domestic disturbance that led to a police stand-off Friday evening in Cherokee Village.  The disturbance eventually led to Cherokee Village Police Chief Scott Goodwin being held hostage by an armed gunman for approximately five hours.

Goodwin responded to a call at the Peggy Lashley residence around 6 p.m. Friday.  Once he was inside the residence, he found 38-year-old Brian Lashley, desribed as Peggy Lashley's ex-husband, with a gun.  According to the police report, Peggy Lashley was also injured.  The woman told police she had been physically assaulted by her ex-husband.

Goodwin said when he arrived at the residence, Brian Lashley pointed a handgun at him and ordered him inside the house.  Other law enforcement officers arrived at the scene a short time later and a stand-off ensued.  Lashley finally came outside and surrendered to officers at approximately 11:35 p.m.

Brian Lashley is also charged with two counts of kidnapping, aggravated assault and possession of firearms by a convicted felon.