Two in custody following standoff on Bethsaida Road in Boaz


Boaz Police

UPDATE: BOAZ, Ala. – Officers were called to a standoff at a home on Bethsaida Road Thursday morning, according to the Boaz Police Chief Josh Gaskin.

Police were called to a fight at a mobile home between men around 4:37 a.m. on July 30th.

Officers say when they arrived they found Emanuel Alvira Catala in the front yard yelling and acting erratically. The report says Catala appeared to be under the influence of drugs and when officers ordered him to get on the ground, he refused and yelled he wasn’t going back to prison.

An officer then tasered Catala to gain compliance and arrest him. Officers say Catala immediately pulled the taser probes from his chest and then another Officer tased Catala, both attempts proving ineffective. Catala then ran back in the house and refused to come out.

The person who called police stated he lived with Catala, who had just gotten out of the DeKalb County jail, and told Catala he was staying at his house longer than he was supposed. Police say this is when the argument became physical.

According to the caller, Catala at one point got a shotgun, racked it and pointed it at the caller’s head.

Officers took cover, established a secure perimeter, and evacuated a nearby house.

Officers attempted multiple times to convince Catala to come out of the house before calling in officers from the Albertville Police Department, Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, Marshall County Drug Enforcement Unit, Sardis City Police Department, and the Dekalb County Sheriff’s Office arrived to help. The Arab/ Guntersville Police SWAT team also responded.

Officers say Catala was heard yelling obscenities in the house and at one point broke a window out using his head. Swat Officers say they then threw a cellphone into the broken window in attempts to talk to Catala.

Officers say they communicated with Catala using the cellphone and at one point during the
conversation, Catala requested a cigarette. SWAT officers say they then approached the residence with cigarettes and a lighter.

When Catala opened the door to retrieve the cigarette, officers say they tased Catala and arrested him.

Emanuel Alvira Catala was charged with resisting arrest, menacing, obstructing governmental operations, and a warrant for failure to appear with our agency.

Isabela Lopez Gonzalez, another suspect, was found under the bed. Gonzalez was charged with obstructing a governmental operation and resisting arrest.

lsabela Lopez Gonzalez

The shotgun used by the suspect was found in the house around in the chamber and two other rounds loaded.

The situation was over at around 9:45 a.m.

There were no injuries to either of the suspects or any Officers

BOAZ, Ala. – Officers were called to a standoff at a home on Bethsaida Road Thursday morning, according to the Boaz Police Chief Josh Gaskin.

Police say the standoff lasted for several hours but ended with one person is in custody.

There were no injuries to the suspect or the officers, according to the Boaz Police Department.

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