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Middlesboro Police conduct a welfare check that leads to a five hour standoff

From WRIL The Big One -

On Tuesday morning October 31st, a short time before 6:30am, Middlesboro Police were dispatched to a welfare check call on an individual with a knife at a Bellwood Road residence, refusing to come out of the home.


After arriving on scene Captain Joe Holder, assisted by several officers, Chief Petie Gilbert, and a Park Ranger, determined the individual was undergoing mental duress and a standoff ensued.


A woman was removed from the residence for her safety as police negotiated with the man and after approximately five hours he surrendered to the officers without further incident.

He was then transported from the scene to Middlesboro ARH for further evaluation.


Due to the circumstances, the individual’s name is not being released and no criminal charges are being pursued.


Middlesboro EMS was staged a short distance from the scene for potential assistance.



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