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UPDATE: Standoff suspect charged with 6 counts of attempted murder

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SALE CREEK, TN (WRCB) -

UPDATE: The man who fired shots at Hamilton County Sheriff's Office deputies in a SWAT standoff Wednesday night now faces a number of charges in the incident.

Kevin. L New has been charged with six counts of attempted first-degree murder for firing shots and deputies during the three-hour long incident.

The arrest affidavit says that New fired 20-30 shots at deputies.

New was taken to a local hospital for evaluation after the incident.


PREVIOUS STORY: A man held off police for nearly five hours in Sale Creek on Wednesday.

Part of Leggett Road was shut down while SWAT negotiators worked to coax the armed man out of his home.

Authorities said the man fired at officers -- twice. The second time, officers fired back.

There were several tense moments during the standoff. Investigators said a man shot at deputies before barricading himself inside his home.

Several family members showed up at the scene, trying to learn what was going on.

Matt Lea, spokesperson for the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, said the man was making suicidal threats, so a family member called 911.

When deputies arrived, Lea said the man fired several rounds at officers. The road was closed for several hours while members of the SWAT team surrounded the home.

Negotiators spoke with him over the phone, trying to convince him to surrender peacefully. But officials said the man refused to cooperate.

"After several attempts to gain compliance with tear gas, and by speaking with negotiators, the individual began to, once again, fire at officers," said Lea. "There were some shots returned."

After exchanging gunfire, authorities were able to take the suspect into custody. No one was hurt.  

"It's a difficult situation when you have someone suffering like the individual was, and going through what they were going through, as well as opening fire on officers, so I'm very proud of the restraint they showed," Lea said.

Right now authorities are not naming the suspect, but say he faces several charges, including felony reckless endangerment.

PREVIOUS STORY: SWAT standoff on Leggett Road ended just before 8:00 p.m.

The suspect has been taken into custody.

Channel 3 will have the full story tonight on Eyewitness News at 11.


PREVIOUS STORY: Shots were fired during a SWAT standoff  today at a Sale Creek home.

It's happening on Leggett Road.

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Matt Lea says a man has barricaded himself inside a home that's about a mile from where EMS crews are staging in the 2100 block.

Lea says the suspect has fired shots from the home.

Our crew on the scene says SWAT negotiators are on the phone with man inside the house.

Our crew reports hearing several "loud pops" coming from the scene.

Those "pops" turned out to be tear gas being fired into the home.

However, just minutes later, Channel 3's crew reports hearing gunfire coming from the home.

No injuries have been reported at this time.

Channel 3 has a crew on the scene.

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