GURLEY, Ala. – Standoff between the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and a man at 141 Buddy Drive, off Cherry Tree Road in Gurley is over.
Around 3:45 p.m., our reporter on the scene, Chris Davis, first reported hearing shots. Those shots turned out to be tear gas canisters fired by authorities. The deputies were able to talk him into surrendering about a half hour later.
The man, identified by Capt. Michael Salomonsky as David Wayne Clemons, was taken to the hospital with some self inflicted cuts, a sheriff’s office spokesperson said, but he was otherwise unharmed.
Salomonsky said Clemons did not shoot at officers, but shot “inside the house.”
More than a dozen patrol vehicles were on the scene, as well as the SWAT team. The situation started because of a domestic incident in the home Monday night.
Negotiators tried to resolve the situation peacefully, and talking with the man since about 10 a.m.
Capt. Salomonsky said deputies were called to the home last night. Clemons had left after an incident, and deputies weren’t able to find him.
When investigators returned this morning, one person had to be taken to Huntsville Hospital by ambulance.
“The uniformed guys came out here this morning trying to make contact with the offender, who at that time refused to have contact with the officers that responded,” said Capt. Salomonsky.
Clemons then barricaded himself inside the home. The Sheriff’s Office has been trying to communicate with him all day, using megaphones at some points.
“We have a perimeter. We have hostage negotiators and when I use that term, they’re basically people who are trained to negotiate with suspects with various mental conditions,” said Salomonsky.
WHNT News 19 spoke to the Clemons’ niece off camera. She said her uncle has a drug problem and she feared this day would come.
“We will go through the steps to try to bring this thing to a peaceful resolution. We have also prepared ourselves to take action if necessary,” said Capt. Salomonsky.
WHNT News 19 will continue to update you as this develops.