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Man taken into custody following standoff

Aug. 06, 2013 @ 08:35 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A man at the center of Monday's five-hour stand-off in Huntington was taken into custody by law enforcement officials late Monday evening.

Huntington Police Cpt. Ray Cornwell confirmed the man surrendered at Cabell County Magistrate Court, with his attorney by his side, and was being interviewed by officers.

Jail records and police officials identified the suspect as Michael Johnson, 45. He was incarcerated 10:20 p.m. Monday. He was charged with felony wanton endangerment and misdemeanor domestic battery. Bond was $100,000.

"All in all, it was a good day. We got our suspect and nobody got hurt," Cornwell said.

Members of the Huntington Police Department spent the majority of Monday afternoon in a perceived stand-off, believing the suspect to be armed and inside a home in the 1200 block of 10th Avenue in Huntington. The scene was cleared after 7 p.m., but the suspect was not found. Cornwell said members of the police department had intermittent contact with the suspect via cellphone and through friends of the man, but could not confirm his whereabouts.

Police initially arrived at the scene on 10th Avenue in response to a report of a domestic dispute and shots fired in the area at 2:30 p.m. Monday. A SWAT team was on the scene late Monday afternoon and negotiators could be heard addressing the male suspect through a megaphone. At approximately 7:30 p.m., SWAT members entered the house but no one was inside.

The stand-off closed 10th Avenue between 12th and 13th Streets for several hours. There was no report of any injuries.

The incident remains under investigation.



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