Former soldier tased, arrested after Phenix City standoff - WRBL

Former soldier tased, arrested after Phenix City standoff

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PHENIX CITY, Ala. -

News 3 cameras were rolling when a Phenix City man was tased and arrested outside his home Monday afternoon after an hour-long standoff with Phenix City Police.

Jonathan Russ was arrested outside his Phenix City home on Maggy Court in the Silver Leaf subdivision. The Russell County Sheriff's Department released his mug shot Wednesday.

Police initially went to the home for a welfare check on a child. Russ answered the door with a gun and wouldn't let the officer inside, Phenix City Police Lt. Jason Whitten tells News 3. 

Authorities say as the officer was calling for backup, a child ran out of the house. The child was staying at the home with Russ, according to police. Authorities would not comment on the relation of the child to Russ.

While the situation was unfolding, neighbors were asked to leave their homes.

"Communication is real key out here in these types of situations," said Whitten. "We had to create a perimeter around the house and secure the area to give safety to the neighbors, officers and subject inside the house."

Negotiators were able to get Russ to come of the home, authorities say. Police say Russ ignored their orders so they used a stun gun to disable him.

"The subject became combative once he came out of the house," said Whitten. "He would not present his open hands, he then reached behind his back and headed toward the house."

Authorities say Russ, seen wearing camouflage pants in the video, is a former soldier. He was taken to the Russell County Jail and will be be charged with menacing, resisting arrest and reckless endangerment.

No one was injured during the standoff, police said.

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