Elizabethton Police Chief: subject of standoff to receive mental health evaluation


ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL) – After nearly three hours, the standoff between police and a man in Elizabethton has ended.

Elizabethton Police Chief Jason Shaw said officers were called to a home in the 600 block of Blevins Avenue for a welfare check at about 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Shaw said a family member told police the man was experiencing mental health issues.

Police first tried to check on the man Tuesday evening but officers weren’t able to make contact with him, according to Shaw.

He said the man was armed on his porch when officers arrived Wednesday.

Shaw said the man had a rifle and handgun in his possession.

He said the man went back inside the home after a verbal exchange with officers.

Shaw said that’s when officers took cover and called for further assistance.

He said the Carter County Sheriff’s Office helped respond to the standoff. The Elizabethton Fire Department and EMS were also there on standby.

According to Shaw, multiple family members and friends were on the scene of the standoff.

Shaw said a family friend, along with a negotiator, talked the man into surrendering into police custody over the phone.

Shaw told News Channel 11 that the subject is being transported for a mental health evaluation. Therefore, they’re not releasing his identity.

Shaw said the man is not facing charges at this time.

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