Stand-off in Collegedale resolved
An armed man, whose threats to shoot police officers started a standoff in the 3700 block of Prospect Church Rd. in Collegedale Wednesday, is now in custody.
Police said the suspect is Ruben Braden of Collegedale.
"When we arrived on the scene, he was fairly belligerent," said Collegedale Police Detective Kat Cooper. "He did threaten to shoot police officers."
Several agencies, including Collegedale Police and Hamilton County SWAT Team, were on scene since 2 p.m. Wednesday.
A witness, who lives several houses from Braden, told Eyewitness News he has seen and heard Braden practicing shooting guns on the property. He said he saw the incident occur Wednesday afternoon while working on a neighbor's deck.
"We heard the confrontation going on between police and Mr. Braden," he said. "We saw patrol cars come up as the situation progressed."
Police said officers were at Braden's residence to assist civil process with a restraining order when Braden fled on foot. After officers caught up with him, he went back to his residence and verbally threatened to shoot the officers.
Police evacuated nearby residences, including the witness who spoke with Channel 3. The man said he had no idea when he could return home with his family.
"I asked if [police] could let me know when it's going to be over because I'd like to sleep in my own bed tonight."
As nearby residents were evacuated, the standoff situation progressed, with a female (who police believed to be Braden's mother) inside the home.
After several hours the woman exited the residence voluntarily. Police said Braden later fired a couple shots from the home with a deer rifle. No one was hit, and officers continued trying to negotiate the man to peacefully come outside.
Police were unsuccessful making contact with Braden via cell phone, and said he would continue to answer and hang up.
Braden is facing several charges, including aggravated assault, aggravated burglary and felony evading.
We will continue to update this story.