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Standoff at West Haven Apartments ends peacefully

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A 2-1/2 hour standoff at West Haven Apartments Thursday ended the way Elizabethton Police Chief Greg Workman hoped it would.

Officers talk with Jonathan Ryan Taylor, left, after he emerged from an apartment. Photo by Brandon Hicks

Officers talk with Jonathan Ryan Taylor, left, after he emerged from an apartment. Photo by Brandon Hicks

“The outcome was what we wanted — nobody got hurt,” Workman said.

The standoff ended peacefully Thursday after armed police officers, some wearing body armor and others dressed in full SWAT gear, surrounded one of six buildings at the complex along Milligan Highway.

They were responding to a call about 21-year-old resident Jonathan Ryan Taylor, who, according to an

EPD press release had possibly “become upset and vandalized several items in the home, and had also made comments indicating that he would try to harm himself.”

Workman said officers secured the area and had their weapons ready because they believed Taylor had an assault rifle.

“They did exactly what they were supposed to,” Workman said. “A lot of times it is an unknown situation.”

Before he emerged from the room, police tried multiple times to make contact with Taylor while he was barricaded inside apartment No. 21, according to the press release.

“He was able to finally come out unarmed,” Workman said.

Taylor was charged with vandalism under domestic violence after he was transported to Sycamore Shoals Hospital for an evaluation. Taylor is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 1.

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