Huntsville Police confirm suspect is in custody following search at Hays Nature Preserve

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A search that started Wednesday night for a man in connection to a domestic violence dispute is over Thursday morning. Huntsville Police confirm that 37-year-old Chevey Swinford is in custody following the overnight search at Hays Nature Preserve.

The search began after Huntsville Police received a call from a third party around 8:30 p.m. regarding a domestic situation between Swinford and his ex. According to Lt. Michael Johnson with the Huntsville Police Department, Swinford and his ex had planned to meet at Exxon Mobile off of Highway 431 to return a yellow Mustang to her. His ex arrived with a friend and Swinford was with another woman.

After being unable to locate anyone, Huntsville Police received an update around 10 p.m. that a male was armed and in a yellow Mustang in Hays Nature Preserve. Police say when they arrived at Hays Nature Preserve, they found Swinford’s ex and her friend with the Mustang. The search continued for Swinford and his female companion until around 2 a.m. and resumed around 7 a.m. after city workers spotted them in Hays Nature Preserve.

The unidentified female companion stayed with city workers until Huntsville Police arrived. She was checked out by HEMSI for minor wounds.

During the search, police say they found a shotgun and another firearm they say were Swinford’s. Swinford was taken into custody around 9 a.m.

Hampton Cove Elementary, Hampton Cove Middle and Goldsmith Schiffman Elementary were all put under secure perimeter as a precaution during the search.

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