Wednesday, June 10, 2009

SWAT Team Called Out to Cookeville Apartment

An attempt to serve a warrant Tuesday night at an apartment on S. Washington Ave. turned into a bit of a stand-off between the suspects and local law enforcement officers. Authorities say it began when Deputy Tony Branch went to the apartment around 7:30 to serve a warrant on a man identified as 37-year-old Timothy Peden, who was reportedly wanted in DeKalb County and Sumner County on burglary and related charges, and also as a fugitive out of the state of Kentucky. As Branch knocked on the front door, police say a man tried to jump out a back window of the apartment, only to change his him when he saw two Cookeville city police officers standing there waiting on him. The individuals inside then refused several commands from officers to come out of the apartment, and police heard noises from the inside that sounded like guns being loaded. So the SWAT team was called in and a decision was made to evacuate nearby residences and shoot tear gas into the apartment. It was at that point that Peden reportedly decided to give up and come outside, where he was taken into custody. Two other individuals inside the apartment were also taken into custody and face charges of resisting arrest They were identified by authorities as 61-year-old Marion Edward Peden of Silver Point and 69-year-old Harold Brindley of Cookeville.