Elizabethton standoff ends peacefully

John Thompson • Aug 28, 2019 at 9:48 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A midday standoff between police and a resident of the 600 block of Blevins Avenue ended without a shot being fired and no injuries, thanks to the negotiating skills of Elizabethton Police officers and the help of a close friend of the resident.

Elizabethton Police Chief Jason Shaw said the friend played a role in convincing the man to surrender to police. Shaw said that after the man surrendered, he was transported to a psychiatric unit for a mental evaluation. Shaw said the identity of the man would not be released now, but described him as an older man.

Shaw said the incident began when police arrived at the residence for a welfare check at the request of friends and family of the man. The friends and family had requested a welfare check Tuesday, but the man was not at his residence when police responded Tuesday.

Another welfare check was requested Wednesday, and police responded. Shaw said the man was armed with a rifle and a pistol when police arrived. Shaw said the man went back in his house but police were able to maintain contact with him when he answered their phone call to him.

The incident began about 11 a.m. on Wednesday and continued until his surrender at around 2 p.m. The Carter County Sheriff’s Department assisted the police department during the standoff. Shaw said that the man is not being charged in the incident.

Blevins Avenue was blocked during the standoff and remained blocked until the surrender. Once the man was in police custody, traffic returned to normal for the neighborhood, which is in close proximity to the administration building of Elizabethan City Schools on the southern side of town.