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MJ man barricades himself in home

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A Mt. Juliet man was taken to a hospital for treatment after he barricaded himself in a home Saturday afternoon.

A news release from the Mt. Juliet Police Department said the incident occurred about 3:15 p.m. when officers responded to the home in the 300 block of Dunwood Loop to do a welfare check on an adult male reportedly threatening suicide.

Upon arrival, officers learned that the man had locked himself inside the home and was possibly armed with handguns and rifles. Approximately 12 homes were asked to evacuate due to their close proximity to the man’s home and to ensure the safety of residents.

MJPD’s Special Response Team and Crisis Negotiators quickly responded to the scene to ensure it ended as best as possible, a spokesperson said. In addition, Wilson County Sheriff’s Department’s SWAT and Crisis Negotiation team also assisted.

During the ongoing situation, residents were not allowed to enter the Providence Landing neighborhood since the barricaded subject’s home was near the neighborhood entrance. Other homeowners were asked to shelter in place.

After speaking with a Sheriff’s Department Crisis Negotiator, the barricaded subject came out the front door to meet officers around 6:15 p.m. No one was harmed during this incident, and the barricaded subject went to a hospital for treatment.

“I hate that many of our residents were displaced during this incident, but the well-being of the barricaded individual and the safety of the public was our top priority,” said MJPD Chief James Hambrick. “We appreciate Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan and his team of fine officers for responding to assist us.”

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