Updated By Jonquil Newland, Weekend Today Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- A two-hour SWAT standoff ends peacefully in the Ridgedale community Tuesday afternoon.
"It's scary, you know. They just killed a man, that block right there last week and now we've got a standoff in our backyard practically," says resident, Becky Orozzo.
When officers initially arrived to Buckley Street on a mental crisis call, they thought they were being shot at.
The suspect, 41-year-old Kenneth Cox, was inside his home in the 1300 block.
The gunshots officers believed they heard were actually fire crackers being thrown at them.
For safety measures back up was called in and the surrounding homes were evacuated.
"When the SWAT team came out I was like, 'oh, this is not going to turn out good'," Orozzo says.
For two hours Channel 3 crews watched Cox go back and forth with SWAT and hostage negotiators. Sometimes he was on the phone, with the Channel 3 Newsroom was on the other end of the line.
Cox called Channel 3 twice to say his house was shot at Monday night and no one was taking him seriously. At one point, per the advice of newsroom assignment desk, he agreed to surrender to officers, but then changed his mind.
He also told Channel 3 he was scared of the "military tank" in his front yard and he had medical records to show he is on medication. Our crews on the scene witnessed Cox throw those records at officers.
This isn't the first time police visited Cox's home, but it may be the last.
Cox was taken into custody without incident.
"After talking with hostage negotiators, he eventually just agreed to cooperate and came outside the residence," Officer Nathan Hartwig says. "He's being charged with aggravated assault."
"I'm just glad they didn't shoot him," Orozzo says.
Police will not say what caused Cox's outburst.
He was taken to the Hamilton County jail for booking and evaluation.
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