UPDATE 03/24/22 6:00 p.m. – According to Columbus Police Chief Freddie Blackmon, the suspect who has engaged in an hours long standoff with police is now in custody.
UPDATE 03/24/22 5:20 p.m. – The CPD crisis negotiation team remain on scene at a standoff in Midtown off of Wynnton Road.
A hostage being held by the suspect was released earlier this afternoon.
The woman’s name has not yet been released, but her son, Brandon tells News 3 his mother was being held against her will by her drunk boyfriend.
The hostage was safely released and transported to a local hospital around 12:20 p.m., Brandon says his mother doesn’t have any physical injuries.
Brandon says he arrived at the apartment around midnight last night, and after speaking law enforcement, he remembered they had cameras installed in his mother’s home, which gave law enforcement eyes on the inside.
“When that clicked I automatically was like I have to get this to the police. You know this was a big help, now we got eyes on the inside. It’s a lot of mixed emotions there. You know, it’s we traumatized on this and that is this is something that’s never happened to me. You know this the first time. This and I honestly didn’t know. Probably, hopefully, it won’t be a next time, I pray it don’t. And if there are any victims, you know, the thing is to get out of this situation, its not worth it.”
UPDATE 03/24/22 12:29 p.m. – The hostage being held by a suspect engaging in standoff with Columbus Police has been released, according to Columbus Police Chief Freddie Blackmon.
Blackmon said the hostage has been taken to the hospital. The individual has no visible signs of injury.
Blackmon said the suspect remains in the apartment.
UPDATE 03/24/22 8:32 a.m. – A Midtown hostage standoff at an apartment complex continues at this hour, Columbus Police Chief Freddie Blackmon tells News 3.
It started when police responded to a domestic dispute call at the apartment just before midnight Wednesday, Blackmon said.
The Columbus Police Department crisis negotiation team has been working throughout the night to end the standoff.
COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) – There is currently heavy police on Wynnton Rd. by 18th Ave. and Eberhart Ave.
Wynnton Arts Academy has been placed on a secure perimeter lockdown, students and staff are safe.
Columbus police and EMS are on the scene. News 3 also has a reporter on the scene, stick with us on air and online as this story develops.