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UPDATE: SWAT standoff suspect charged with aggravated assault; jailed on $800K bond

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UPDATE: The suspect at the center of a SWAT standoff Saturday is charged with four counts of aggravated assault.

The arrest report says Hamilton County Sheriff's deputies were called to Freedom Circle around in Ooltewah around 12:30am to check on an unconscious person.

When they arrived to the house they were met by 19-year old Jovian Kyndiah who was carrying a gun. Kyndiah ran back into the house with deputies following him where he barricaded himself inside.

While trying to get Kyndiah to come out, deputies saw a woman's body lying on the stairs.

Multiple tactics were used, including tear gas, to get him to surrender. The report says Kyndiah responded by firing a gun at law enforcement.

Nearly four hours later he surrendered to deputies.

The report says Kyndiah told them he accidentally shot his mother.

He is in the Hamilton County Jail on an $800,000 bond.

Stay with WRCBtv.com for updates to this story. 


PREVIOUS STORY: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office deputies are investigating a deadly shooting Saturday morning at a home near Standifer Gap Road that ended with a standoff.

A call for an accidental shooting came in around 6:00am on East Freedom Circle. When deputies arrived, the man refused to come out of the house, barricading himself inside.

SWAT and negotiation personnel were called to the scene to assist. The suspect, 19-year-old Jovian Kyndiah, was eventually taken into custody without incident, and officials say he will be evaluated by HCEMS.

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office spokesman Matt Lea says a woman's body was found inside the home. Lea says it appears the unidentified woman was killed by a gunshot. 

Crime scene investigators snapped pictures, collecting any evidence to piece together what happened inside that home early Saturday morning.

“Been here 44 years and no, nothing like this ever happens. Nothing,” says one neighbor.

For nearly four hours, patrol cars blocked intersections and neighbors were stuck inside their homes.

“Never know what you are going to wake up to. It being cops surrounding the house and telling us do not come outside. Insane,” says another neighbor.

“SWAT everywhere. The sniper team all through the yards. It was pretty insane,” the neighbor adds.

Neighbors say officers used tear gas to force the man out. “Teargas, shooting tear gas in. They shot a lot of teargas in.”

Crews negotiated with him for several hours before he was taken into custody.  “He come outside, cops took care of him put him in the cop car. After that everything was fine.”

Now investigators and the community work to understand what happened in this quiet home on Freedom Circle. 

“First incident I think ever reported here, honestly.”

“Seemed nice, really haven't had any words with the boy. Not anything like this, kept to themselves.”

Lea says circumstances leading up the shooting are under investigation. He says the identity of the victim will be released once family members are notified. Lea would not comment on the relationship between the woman and Kyndiah.

Kyndiah is being held at the Hamilton County Jail pending charges relating to firing a weapon at four sheriff’s deputies.

Stay with WRCBtv.com for updates to this story.

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