The man who barricaded himself inside an apartment for several hours Wednesday at a public housing development in south Nashville is now in custody.
Police arrested 29-year-old Justin Jones around 2 p.m. after the standoff at the Tony Sudekum Apartments on Charles E. Davis Boulevard.
According to officials, Jones fired multiple shots from inside the apartment during the incident, which began around 7 a.m.
Officer Gerry Hutcheson, an 18-year veteran with the Metro Nashville Police Department, was struck by one of the shots but was not injured.
"Justin Jones posed a real and reckless danger to the citizens who live in the Sudekum-Napier neighborhood as well as our police officers,” said MNPD Chief Steve Anderson. “All of us on the Metro and federal levels are committed to the safety of the families who live in that community and will continue to dedicate resources to the area that reflect our commitment.”
Police department spokesman Don Aaron said Wednesday's situation began with an argument between Jones and his wife inside the apartment.
Jones then reportedly went outside the apartment with his 11-year-old daughter, which is when he was allegedly seen on surveillance video firing shots into the ground just after 7 a.m. with his daughter standing nearby. Jones then went back inside the apartment.
Officers responded to the apartment complex and set up a perimeter. Sometime between 8 and 8:30 a.m., Jones allegedly fired shots from inside the apartment that hit Hutcheson in the shoulder. The bullet hit Hutcheson's vest but did not penetrate.
Hutcheson was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to get checked out and was later released. He gave News 4's crew a wave and a thumbs up as he got into a Metro patrol car and left the hospital.
The next contact police had with Jones was around 9:35 a.m. when he allegedly fired shots at a SWAT team. One of the officers returned fire. No one was injured in the exchange.
After the gunfire, negotiators made several announcements using a loudspeaker, but communication efforts were unsuccessful for several hours.
Aaron said it was about three hours after the SWAT team's contact with Jones when the department deployed a robot to try to check on his status inside the apartment. Police deployed a "flash-bang" device to distract him while removing a door to the apartment to send a robot inside.
Police detected movement by Jones after the flash-bang, and he surrendered without incident.
Metro police have charged Jones with felony aggravated assault for firing his gun near his daughter.
Jones also faces three federal charges of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Jones has a criminal history, including a conviction in an aggravated robbery case that happened 12 years ago at this same apartment complex. Police said he also has two robbery convictions in Ohio and was supposed to be on supervised release until 2021.
Jones' parole was transferred from Ohio to Mississippi, but officials are unsure how long he has lived in the Nashville area.Click here to watch a Facebook Live video from the scene.At least one person was arrested for threatening police in connection with the standoff. Details about the arrest were not released.
Residents who live nearby were evacuated from their apartments to an MTA bus that was parked several blocks away.
One family was forced to shelter in place inside their apartment because it was not safe for them to leave.
News 4 spoke to one mother who said she and her children were holed up for hours inside their apartment before police were able to get them out safely. She said her children have become desensitized to the sound of gunfire around their building because it happens so often.
"I'm sick of it. We all ducked down and stayed down, and I got back in my bed and told my kids -- my kids that were home. Fortunately, my little kids had left for school already," said neighbor Natalie Vaughn.
Several nearby schools underwent lockout procedures, which meant all exterior doors were locked and were manned by school personnel.
The following schools were affected: Napier Elementary School Johnson Alternative Learning Center Cameron College Prep
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