Man in custody after 2 hour standoff

DOUBLE SPRINGS -The Winston County Sheriff's Office, Double Springs and Arley police departments were involved in a 2.5 hour standoff with a barricaded male at an apartment in Double Springs on Thursday morning, April 19.

Authorities had gone to Apartment 362 of the Double Springs Housing Authority attempting to serve a felony arrest warrant. Sheriff Tommy Moore attempted to negotiate with the individual for over two hours while the man had barricaded himself in a bedroom of the residence.

When the sheriff suspected the man could harm himself--having access to some knives--the sheriff gave the go ahead to breach the door, which was done using a Ram device.

At 1:30 p.m., members of the Winston County Tactical Response team, officers with Double Springs and Arley police departments made forcible entry into the bedroom and took Jeffery Dwight O'Brien, 43, of Double Springs, into custody without injury. He was charged with a bench warrant and resisting arrest, sheriff's officials said.

The defendant was transported for evaluation at the emergency room of Lakeland Community Hospital.

Also on the scene were medics with Regional Paramedical Service ambulance as well as Double Springs Fire Department.

See complete story in the Northwest Alabamian.
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