Suspect surrenders after hours-long standoff in Lillian
UPDATE: The standoff in Lillian has ended after a man who had barricaded himself in his parents’ home on Pine Ridge Drive surrendered.
Baldwin County Sheriff Huey “Hoss” Mack said the suspect, 24-year-old Raymond Paul Teal, surrendered after authorities fired two rounds of tear gas into the residence.
No shots were fired during the incident and no one was hurt, Mack said.
Deputies arrested 24-year-old Teal Friday afternoon after an hours-long standoff where deputies say he barricaded himself inside his parents’ home.
Hostage negotiators, SWAT and medical crews all responded after he refused to surrender to deputies. Sheriff’s officials said he had felony drug warrants and also had some failure to appear charges. After about two hours, the parents were released unharmed and negotiators continued to try and communicate with Teal without success.
Mack said that at one point a robot vehicle was used to attempt to take Teal a cell phone to talk with negotiators. This was only after he was asked multiple times to come out with his hands up.
“It’s the first procedure we use,” Mack said. “We call it the hailing procedure and that’s a recording that just repeats over and over and over, making sure that we know that we’re there and giving them the opportunity to come out of the residence and he failed to respond to all of those. It was after that that we decided to deploy the track robot. After that didn’t work, the decision was made to deploy the gas.”
Those who live in the Spanish Cove subdivision were shocked at what was going on in their neighborhood.
Spanish Cove resident Ken Foster said, “I don’t see how this got along here. We just don’t do this. This is a very friendly place.”
Janet Turner, another Spanish Cove resident, said, “You know, you’ve got all these SWAT team, you’ve got all these ambulances. You’ve got the police truck.”
All things considered, Mack said this situation ended about as well as they could have hoped, with the suspect in custody and nobody hurt.
“The main thing was is that we got the parents out without injury. Family members are in route to take care of them from anther area, so they’ll be taken care of this afternoon and tonight and he is arrested and he’ll be going to jail,” Mack said.
LILLIAN, Ala. (WALA) - Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office deputies and SWAT team members are on the scene of a standoff in the area of Pine Ridge Drive in Lillian Friday afternoon.
Sheriff Huey “Hoss” Mack said deputies were attempting to serve a warrant to a man wanted on felony drug offenses when the man barricaded himself and his parents inside a residence. The parents warned deputies that the suspect was armed.
Mack said he was not yet releasing the name of the suspect.
Subsequently, officials were able to negotiate the release of the suspect’s parents, who were then able to safely evacuate the home.
Mack said, “The elderly parents of the barricaded suspect are now out of the residence and safe. The area remains safe and secure while Baldwin County Sheriff negotiators are continuing to negotiate for the suspect to surrender. Individuals should still try to avoid the area around Manual Drive and Pine Ridge Drive in Lillian ... until the situation is resolved.”
This is a developing story.
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