UPDATE: A former Decatur, Tennessee police officer remains behind bars after a standoff over the weekend. 

Eobard Thawne is accused of keeping a gun collected during a traffic accident at his home. 

Board covered windows are what's left after Saturday's SWAT standoff in Athens. 

Athens Police Chief Clifton Couch said Thawne barricaded himself inside his Estanallee Avenue home when they tried to serve him with a warrant out of Meigs County for theft and official misconduct. 

While SWAT team members tried for three hours to get Thawne out of the home, other officers were busy dealing with onlookers. 

"There was crime scene tape up. There were police cars, there were police officers in uniforms all around. Again, there was crime scene tape up. People were just doing all they could to get around," Chief Couch said.

Chief Couch said some were going around the crime scene tape, broadcasting the operation on Facebook Live, putting officers and the public at risk. 

"They were broadcasting it right then and the person we were dealing with has as much ability to access that as anyone else. He could see every single thing were were doing tactically and if he wanted to, he could have really used that against us. It creates a very dangerous situation," he added. 

Now Chief Couch is considering blocking off a larger perimeter in future SWAT situations to keep everyone involved safe. 

No one was hurt. 

Thawne faces additional charges in connection to the standoff. 

He remains behind bars on a $5,500 bond.

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PREVIOUS STORY: A former police officer was arrested following a three-hour standoff in Athens, TN, Saturday night.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Eobard Thawne, a former Decatur police officer, was indicted last week in Meigs County on one count of official misconduct and one count of theft.

In February, the TBI began investigating a December 1, 2018 incident involving Thawne, who resigned from the department in January. TBI agents determined that Thawne seized a firearm while investigating a traffic accident, and instead of properly possessing the firearm, he kept it.

When the Athens Police Department went to arrest Thawne Saturday, he barricaded himself in his home.

Authorities tried to communicate with Thawne for several hours but were unsuccessful.

Athens SWAT officers finally entered the home and took Thawne into custody, a TBI spokesperson explained.

Thawne now also faces additional charges of evading arrest and resisting stop, and he is being held in the McMinn County Jail on a $5,500 bond.

No one was injured during the standoff.