BREAKING: Armed Standoff, Hostage Situation- SWAT On Scene… Here’s What We Know


There is an active an ongoing hostage situation happening right now in Bradley County, Tennessee.  Bradley County is in east Tennessee roughly 40 minutes down the road from Chattanooga. Deputies from the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, as well as SWAT and the Cleveland Police Department, are currently involved in an armed standoff this morning.

The situation resulted from a traffic stop. A patrol deputy stopped a vehicle which in turn led to determining the vehicle may be stolen.  The driver then took a gun and pointed it at the head of the passenger of the car forcibly taking his own passenger hostage.


He then forcibly entered a residence located on Royal Oaks Drive Northeast, which is just off of Michigan Avenue Road, northeast of Cleveland. The driver, his passenger, and the residents of the home are now barricaded inside and this is an active hostage situation.  The driver is considered to be armed and dangerous.

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Bradley County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, James Bradford states –


  “A traffic stop was initiated by a patrol deputy which led to the discovery that the vehicle was possibly stolen. During the traffic stop, the driver took the passenger hostage and forcibly entered into a residence.”

SWAT is attempting to negotiate and extricate the hostages from the delicate situation to minimize injury and casualties. They are speaking to the armed gunman on the phone.  They were able to extricate one hostage from inside the home.  She is elderly and very shaken up but appears to be uninjured physically. She has been confirmed as the owner of the residence. Police and SWAT were able to extricate her from the home due to her quick thinking.  She barricaded herself in a back room and got out of the house through a back window. The gunman is not known to her.
One hostage currently remains along with the gunman.  No shots have been fired at this time.  The gunman has been giving police false information so at this time SWAT and Bradley County Sheriff’s Department have been unable to ascertain his identity.
Authorities have been able to determine that the vehicle in question the gunman was driving was stolen from Georgia though whether the gunman is from Georgia himself is currently unknown.  All surrounding homes have been evacuated at present time for safety.
Bradley County Sheriff  Eric Watson states of the situation

 “Our number one goal is to protect the person he took hostage.  Anyone who would breach the residence of an elderly lady is the scum of the earth. So far no shots have been fired but swat members are talking to suspect on the phone and it’s up to him how the day ends.”

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