Woman and children safe after standoff in neighborhood near airport

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A nearly six-hour standoff ended peacefully Tuesday morning in the airport area.

Hours before sunup Tuesday, flashing blue lights woke up neighbors as the area was placed on lockdown.

“I heard some noise outside, and then I started seeing lights,” neighbor Destiny Joy said. “I thought it was daytime.”

That confusion turned into concern following an unexpected knock at the door by police. Irma Joy said she was told to get up and get out of her home of 19 years.

“They were banging on our door and told us to get up and come on out of here,” she said.

According to police, authorities received a call from a woman not on the scene early Tuesday morning regarding a possible domestic incident inside a home along Hornsby between Mona and Pennel.

When officers arrived, they tried to make contact with the woman inside, but no one would open the door for four hours.

Detectives said the woman and her three small children under the age of 10 were holed up inside. Finally, the woman answered and authorities did a protective sweep of the home looking for the suspect. He was not there.

Authorities confirmed it was the man’s own mother who placed that original call.

Authorities said they know the individual believed to have been involved in the incident. They are working to determine if any charges will be filed.

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