Police hold standoff with alleged gun thief in Whitehaven

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Police Department TACT unit spent hours attempting to get a man out of a home in the 3700 block of Casazza Tuesday.

Police marched into the Whitehaven neighborhood with heavy gear. Neighbors saw officers wearing bulletproof vests and helmets.

“When I rolled up I seen all these black trucks out here. Then after while I seen SWATs and ambulances and…that’s scary,” one neighbor said.

What was most frightening to dozens of neighbors who stood watching was what brought police to the neighborhood in the first place.

Officers said the man they were looking for swiped two guns from a pawn shop and barricaded himself in the house.

“He was in my house when I left out to take my kids to school and I didn’t even know it,” the homeowner told WREG.

The woman said police attention was focused on her house.

Police were on the scene for nearly four hours trying to convince the man to surrender.

“To me, his best interest is to come out.  Hands up.  And just end it like that. I don’t want anybody to get killed,” a neighbor said.

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