PRICEVILLE, Ala. – A 5-hour stand-off with police in the Town of Priceville ended just as law enforcement officials had hoped it would, with no injuries to the officers or the suspect.
Priceville Police Cpl. Jason Wilbanks says 36 year old Joshua Warren surrendered to officers just after 10pm Monday night ending an often tense stand-off during which approximately 9 gun shots were heard inside his Meadow Lane residence.
“His wife and children were not in the house at the time, this was never a hostage situation,” Wilbanks explained. Wilbanks told reporters he was the first officer on the scene responding to a domestic disturbance call.
“He was in the back yard with a long gun and fled inside the home when he saw me,” Wilbanks said.
Officers from Priceville PD, Hartselle PD, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and Decatur PD all responded to the scene, including Decatur’s SWAT Team. The neighborhood was sealed off and several residents were evacuated from their homes for their safety, Wilbanks said.
A next door neighbor told WHNT News 19 he had seen Warren earlier in the day and the two had waved at each other. He described Warren as “cordial, but different.”
Wilbanks said Decatur Police Lt. John Crouch was instrumental in the stand-off ending peacefully. “Lt. Crouch developed, as best as you could over a telephone, a kind of friendship with the suspect, promising him no one wanted him hurt and promising he would get him the help he needed.”
Wilbanks says they stood good on that promise and Warren was transported from the scene by ambulance. He was to receive a psychiatric evaluation but would eventually be transferred to the Morgan County Jail to face charges of domestic violence.
“No one wanted him hurt. That’s why the officers stood by to give Lt. Crouch every opportunity to convince him to surrender. It ended just as we wanted it to,” Wilbanks said.