UPDATE: Standoff in Saraland ends, sheriff says

Published: May. 19, 2023 at 8:36 PM CDT
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SARALAND, Ala. (WALA) - The Saraland Police Department and Mobile County Sheriff’s Office are on the scene of an hourslong standoff near the intersection of Cleveland Road and McKeough Avenue.

Mobile County Sheriff Paul Burch said the suspect has come out of the home and the standoff has ended. No law enforcement officers have been hurt, according to Burch.

The incident reportedly began earlier in the day. According to sheriff’s deputies, a man opened fired on law enforcement, according to Burch.

Burch also stated at one point during the standoff the suspect got into his car and tried ramming deputies, unsuccessfully, and then went back inside.

Burch identified the suspect as Christopher Cavette. The suspect is unharmed and in custody, Burch said.

Cavette had been talking to negotiators but the situation deteriorated rapidly, Burch said. MCSO deployed tear gas multiple times to try to get the suspect out of the home throughout the evening, according to authorities.

“There was a probate pickup order issued for him stemming from, it was requested by Saraland PD and stemming from a domestic situation,” Burch said. “And there have been threats to law enforcement. Neighbors have complained about him just walking out in the yard, back yard, front yard and shooting. They contacted probate and a contact order was issued.”

According to Burch, officers a probate order had been signed by the Saraland PD on Cavette arising from a domestic incident that took place several days to a week ago and Cavette has “deteriorated” because of that. Burch said there have been threats of violence toward police and neighbors and rounds fired.

Cavette, who Burch said was extremely intoxicated, will be evaluated by medical personnel and then taken to jail, according to the sheriff.