Police received a call around 4 a.m. this morning claiming a man, whose name has not been released by police at this time, was threatening his ex-wife and son at a residence near Harkins Drive on U.S. 78. The residence belonged to the suspect’s ex-wife, police said.
Police Chief Bill Partridge said the suspect tried to cut his ex-wife with a knife. When police arrived, the man had left his ex-wife’s home and barricaded himself in his mother’s trailer on Harkins Drive.
“He barricaded himself inside the house and he didn’t want to come out,” Oxford Lt. L.G. Owens said. “Obviously if you get involved in a domestic situation, you’re not going to be able to abuse your family members and just go inside and shut the door. We’re going to do what we have to do.”
Partridge said the suspect’s mother was still in the home with him when police arrived. The mother was able to leave the residence and police evacuated sev-eral of the trailers surrounding the home where the man had barricaded himself.
“He said, ‘Y’all just need to take it to the next level, somebody’s going to die today,’ ” Partridge said.
Oxford’s Emergency Services Unit, Alabama State Troopers, a mobile operations unit and several Oxford police vehicles were at the scene.
After several hours of negotiations and deploying gas into the residence, Partridge said the man was peace-fully brought into custody.
Partridge said the suspect had a toy gun wrapped in black tape. Before he was in custody, police did not know the gun was a toy and treated it as a real weapon.
“He will be charged with domestic violence and possi-bly a couple other charges,” Partridge said.
A neighbor, George Black, said he’s lived in the trailer park for almost two years and when he saw police he thought they were raiding a meth lab. Black, whose trailer was far enough away from the situation and didn’t require evacuation, said Harkins Drive is usually a quiet place to live.
Black said he didn’t know the people who lived in the trailer in question.
“People just surprise me sometimes,” Black said while shaking his head.
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