UPDATE: Suspect in Erwin standoff now in custody, mugshot available


ERWIN, Tenn. (WJHL) – A man is in custody following a standoff in Erwin.

The hours-long incident happened on Chestoa Pike on Tuesday.

Erwin police say the suspect, identified as Stephen Honeycutt, was caught speeding earlier in the day and refused to stop for officers, prompting police to follow him to his ex-girlfriend’s residence.

Stephen Honeycutt (Photo: Unicoi County Jail)

Police say the Honeycutt had outstanding warrants stemming from an incident a few weeks ago when he kicked down the door at the same residence.

According to investigators, after entering the home Tuesday, Honeycutt threatened a woman inside. They say she later escaped but he stayed inside and refused to come out.

Police say Honeycutt was armed.

“One point after about six hours of negotiating with us we were able to talk him out of three of the weapons, so he was down to one,” Erwin PD Chief Regan Tilson said. “Washington County SWAT was able to take over negotiations. It was a good outcome. Nobody got hurt. There was a few scrapes and bruises but nothing that can’t heal.”

Police say Honeycutt finally put down his weapon but then reached for it again, prompting police to fire a non-lethal 12-gauge beanbag round at him.

The standoff ended around 8:45 p.m. Multiple agencies responded to the scene to assist.

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