Standoff in Waynesville Neighborhood Wednesday

The Waynesville Police Department reported an incident at 211 Prevost Street around 3:15 p.m., involving a civil disturbance. Upon their arrival, a suspect initiated gunfire towards the responding officers. The said suspect then retreated into the residence at 211 Prevost Street, barricading themselves inside.

Waynesville Police Chief David Adams stated that officers forcibly entered the home where the suspect, identified as Darren Tate, 44, had barricaded himself. Law enforcement deployed five rounds of CS gas, commonly known as “tear gas,” and discovered Tate in a bedroom, where he had attempted to shield himself from the effects of the gas by using a mattress.

Chief Adams disclosed that Tate was receiving medical attention for a gunshot wound, though it remained uncertain whether the injury was self-inflicted or inflicted by the police.

Additionally, at approximately 4:10 p.m., electrical service was temporarily disconnected for Town of Waynesville customers residing on Prevost Street and in the nearby vicinity. The suspect, who had fired shots at officers during the standoff lasting three and a half hours, was observed being transported via ambulance on Wednesday evening at around 6:40 p.m.

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