Ex-service member surrenders after Gallatin standoff - WSMV Channel 4


Ex-service member surrenders after Gallatin standoff

Posted: Updated: Jan 17, 2012 10:03 AM

A police standoff in Gallatin ended early Tuesday when an former serviceman surrendered to officers.

The 29-year-old man, David Fredrickson, turned himself in just before 5 a.m.

According to Officer Bill Storment, the standoff started at about midnight when a woman called police with a domestic violence complaint.

Storment said that when officers arrived at the Oaks of Gallatin Apartments on Airport Road, Fredrickson refused to answer the door.

Police evacuated neighbors as officers began negotiating with the man.

Storment said Fredrickson called police and members of the media before he came out of the apartment peacefully.

"There was a weapon in the apartment," Storment said. "A small caliber shotgun that has been recovered."

The suspect was taken to a local hospital for a psychological evaluation.

"(The suspect) is former military," Storment said. "I think there's a possibility that there's some PTSD involved in this. I've been told he may also be bipolar."

Neighbor Bill Craddock says he saw Fredrickson dozens of times in the past, but he never knew what he was dealing with behind closed doors.

"He's a nice fellow," Craddock said. "I've seen him out at the mailbox, I've seen him taking out the trash, and out in the yard with the kids."

Gallatin police says Fredrickson and his girlfriend have had trouble with fights at least twice in the past.

"Soldiers are no different from anybody else, really. They have problems just like the rest of us do," Storment said.

But that isn't keeping Fredrickson's neighbors from leaving thank-you notes on his door and wishing him the best.

"More compassion than you will ever know. I mean, he fought for our country. What else can you ask for," Craddock said.

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