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MJPD arrests suspect after standoff

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Sgt. Tyler Chandler, MJPD spokesperson, said in a news release that officers established a perimeter around the home to ensure Crafton did not get away. His ex-wife and two young children were safely removed from the home during the standoff, and six other nearby homes were evacuated as a safety precaution.

Crisis Negotiators attempted to contact Crafton many times during the evening by requesting a peaceful surrender, but he was unresponsive, Chandler said, therefore, Mt. Juliets Special Response Team (SRT) deployed gas canisters to force Crafton out of the home.

SRT members successfully took Crafton into custody after he was found exiting the crawlspace underneath the home around 10 p.m.

Investigation revealed that Crafton initially was hiding in the attic of the home, but he broke through the floor to gain access to the crawlspace in an attempt to further evade officers, Chandler added.

Im thankful that our officers were able to successfully apprehend Mr. Crafton, said Mt. Juliet Police Chief James Hambrick. Officers were diligent and worked hard to make a successful arrest.

Crafton was on probation for Aggravated Assault with a Weapon, and he has a dangerous, criminal past, Chandler said.

The incident ended peacefully with no injuries. Crafton was arrested, booked into the Wilson County Jail, and charged with Reckless Endangerment and Resisting Arrest. He will eventually be transferred to Metro-Nashville to face three felony probation violation charges.

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