UPDATE: If you live or drove by Access Road in Hixson on Tuesday afternoon, you may have noticed a large police presence. Life is back to normal on Memphis Drive and police have a suspect in custody after a long standoff.

The standoff was eight hours of uncertainty, as some people had to evacuate a neighborhood near Hixson Pike.

"I definitely had to make a few phone calls to see who could get them and what happened. So, I'd say it's inconvenient, but obviously, they're safer," Rachel Payne, a nearby resident, said.

A SWAT standoff with 48-year-old Dwight K. Land started Tuesday afternoon and kept neighbors on edge.

"He does have an outstanding felony warrant for reckless endangerment," CPD Spokesperson Trevor Tomas said.

This is not the first time Land caused a disturbance in this community. In early December, the Hostage Negotiation Team, SWAT and Chattanooga police set up a perimeter around the same home.

In an interview on December 2, 2018, now Chief Deputy Austin Garrett, with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said, "once officers arrived on the scene, they spoke with witnesses and confirmed that shots had been fired inside the residence. While they were there, they were interviewing witnesses; they observed shots fired inside the residence." 

On Tuesday, officers brought in SWAT and negotiators once again. They evacuated the area and put a nearby business on lockdown while they worked with the suspect to surrender.

"Giving verbals and trying to have him come out, he was refusing to come out, and in the end, they used a K-9 officer to apprehend him," Tomas explained.

This is not Land's first run-in with the law, he has multiple firearm charges dating back to 2015 as well as reckless endangerment and assault.

"Any situation provides a lot of unknowns and risks for all involved, so any kind of repeat trip to a residence definitely increases that," Tomas said.

Police reports said in December a woman reported Land was hallucinating and firing a gun from inside the home. No one was hurt during either standoff. 


PREVIOUS STORY:  A SWAT standoff on Memphis Drive in Hixson that lasted more than eight hours has ended peacefully Tuesday night.

Chattanooga Police Department spokesperson Trevor Tomas says the suspect, Dwight K. Land, is in custody.

Police say a K-9 officer is responsible for bringing Land into custody.

The standoff began around 2:00 pm in the 3900 block of Memphis Drive when officers were called to a disorder.

Officers called in the SWAT team, leading to the evacuation of area residents and a lockdown at a nearby business called Custom Custodial.

The lockdown was lifted shortly before 8:00 pm and the employees at Custom Custodial were allowed to go home.

Channel 3's crew at the scene reported hearing loud "bangs" several times throughout the evening. That noise was caused by tear gas being thrown into Land's home by law enforcement at the scene.

Tomas says the evacuated residents will be allowed to return to their homes once the police have cleared the scene.

In December, police and SWAT team members were called to Land's home. That call led to a 2-hour standoff that ended with his arrest.

The charges Land if facing for Tuesday's standoff have not been released.

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PREVIOUS UPDATE: An hours-long SWAT standoff in Hixson continues on Memphis Drive Tuesday night.

It's happening at home in the 3900 block.

Police have identified the suspect as at the center of the standoff as Dwight K. Land.

Chattanooga Police Department spokesperson Trevor Tomas says officers were called to Land's home over a reported disordered. 

Officers eventually called in the SWAT team, leading to the evacuation of surrounding homes and a nearby business, Custom Custodial, being placed on lock down.

The lock down at Custom Custodial was lifted shortly before 8:00pm and the employees were allowed to go home. However, the evacuated residents are still being kept from their homes as the standoff continues.

Channel 3's crew at the scene reported hearing loud "bangs" several times throughout the evening. That noise was caused by tear gas being thrown into Land's home by law enforcement at the scene.

Police are asking everyone to avoid the area until the incident is over.

In December, police and SWAT team members were called to Land's home. That call led to a 2-hour standoff that ended with his arrest.

Channel 3's crew will remain at the scene to bring you the latest updates as they become available. 


PREVIOUS UPDATE: A SWAT standoff in Hixson has shut down Memphis Drive near N. Access Road and forcing the evacuation of area residents on Tuesday.

It's happening at a home in the 3900 block of Memphis Drive.

Chattanooga police spokesperson Trevor Tomas says police and SWAT are responding to the home of Dwight K. Land.

Tomas says police were called to the home for a reported disorder and were forced to call in the SWAT team.

As a precaution, residents in the surrounding area of Land's home are being evacuated. Police are asking everyone to avoid the area.

The standoff forced a nearby business, Custom Custodial, to go on lock down.

Employees of the business were finally allowed to leave the building shortly before 8:00pm.

Channel 3's crew at the scene reported hearing loud "bangs" shortly after 7:00pm. That noise was caused by gas being thrown into the home by law enforcement at the scene.

In December, police and SWAT team members were called to Land's home. That call led to a 2-hour standoff that ended with his arrest.

Stay with the WRCB app for updates to this story.


PREVIOUS UPDATE: Chattanooga police and SWAT team members are responding to a home on Memphis Drive in Hixson Tuesday evening.

Details are limited at this time.

CPD spokesperson Trevor Tomas says police were called to a disorder in the area near N. Access Road and were forced to call in the SWAT team.

Residents in homes surrounding the scene are being evacuated by police.

Police are asking the public to avoid the area if possible.

In December, police and SWAT team members were called to a home in the same area. That call led to a 2-hour standoff that ended with one arrest.

Channel 3 has a crew at the scene that is working to learn more.

Stay with the WRCB app for updates to this story.


ORIGINAL STORY: Hamilton County dispatch confirms a large police presence on N. Access Road in Hixson on Tuesday.

A large number of Chattanooga police officers are conducting an unknown investigation in the 4300 block near Memphis Drive.

Dispatch could not release details of what's happening but says there is no threat to the public.

Dispatch says the public information officer for the Chattanooga Police Department is aware of the incident and will release more details as they become available.

Channel 3 has a crew working to learn more.

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