One person in police custody after police standoff in Charleston

Charleston police are at the scene of a standoff situation Tuesday on Hunters Ridge Road in Charleston. (Photo Courtesy of Ashlee Hull)

One person is in custody after a police standoff in Charleston.

The standoff happened about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on Hunters Ridge Road.

Police said they were called to the home after the suspect and another family member got into a struggle over a gun.

No one was injured during the standoff.

"We looked out and saw the policemen out there and didn't know what was going on," Adrian Rice said.

Early Tuesday evening, Rice watched as police swarmed his neighbor's home.

"A cop came to the back door and told us you need to evacuate, bullets could go through the siding of the house, so they wanted us to get out of there," Rice said.

Police said what started as a struggle over a firearm inside a home, quickly turned into a hostage situation, which shocked a number of neighbors who were being kept far from the scene, and clueless as to what was happening near their homes.

"It's kind of a close-knit community," Mitch Evans said. "We don't have any reason to suspect that there would be any issues like this."

Family members inside the home were able to get out before police said a suspect barricaded himself inside the home. The SWAT team and hostage negotiators were called in to the scene.

"That's where training comes in," Lt. Autumn Davis said. "You obviously learn the back story. What has led the individual to barricade himself or herself."

Police Chief Steve Cooper said those officers "have extensive training in situations like this, and the goal is to prevent anyone from being injured."

After several hours of negotiating, Cooper said the suspect surrendered, and no one was injured.

"Thank God that no officers were hurt, and this individual was taken into custody without incident," Cooper said.

The name of the man has not been released. He was taken to the hospital for observation. Cooper expects criminal charges to be filed, and he will work with the Kanawha County Prosecutor's Office to determine what those charges will be.

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