Neighbors return home after Collegedale standoff
A Collegedale community is much quieter Thursday after a SWAT standoff that landed one man behind bars.
Several residents were forced to evacuate their homes Wednesday night as the standoff lingered on. After hours of waiting, they were finally able to return home around 11 p.m. that night.
"We don't get police in this neighborhood, let alone SWAT teams," a resident, named Jennifer, told Eyewitness News. "It was pretty dramatic."
The woman's property butts up to the scene of the standoff. She said the SWAT team was in her backyard.
"My husband called and said, 'You might not want to come home, there's a SWAT team with giant rifles walking around in our backyard.' "
A neighbor called police when they saw Reuben Braden smashing the windows out of an old van in his driveway. When officers got there, police said Braden ran and verbally threatened to shoot police officers.
After hours of negotiation, officers shot tear gas into the home around 10:30 p.m. and Braden came out peacefully.
He is facing several charges including 12 counts of assault. His family wouldn't comment to Channel 3, but did say they were seeking counsel.
Neighbors said they haven't had any problems with the man in the past.
"He's been fine to live with," said Jennifer. "We don't feel any threat from this situation whatsoever, it was between him and the police."
Braden's court date has not been scheduled. Koren Sapp, Collegedale circuit clerk, told Eyewitness News Braden has 14 charges, with a $50,000 bond for each charge (totaling $700,000).