HARDEMAN COUNTY, Tenn.– Two people were held hostage during a nearly nine-hour standoff at a Hardeman County home Tuesday.
According to the Hardeman County Sheriff, the incident started around 1 p.m. when someone asked police to perform a welfare check at a home on Highway 57 between Saulsbury and Grand Junction.
The sheriff’s office told WREG the situation involved a dispute between a couple and one of the hostages was a child.
They could not comment on why the scene turned violent, but at some point during the standoff, the suspect fired shots at deputies.
Officials say a third hostage escaped earlier in the day, but they were shot and airlifted to Regional One.
The area was blocked while deputies, SWAT team negotiators, and other officials worked to get the hostages out of the house safely.
Around 9:22 p.m., the SWAT team breached the front door and the suspect, who has not been identified, was taken into custody and transported to Hardeman County Jail.
The two hostages inside the home were able to get out of the house and were being checked for injuries. However, the sheriff did confirm that the victims were not shot.
It is unclear how the standoff ended, but we are told TBI will continue the investigation.
WREG is working to gather more information. Check back for updates.