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Dyersburg Police end two-hour standoff with rescue of child

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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A 28-year-old woman remains in the Dyer County Jail after her almost two-hour standoff with police on Sunday evening.

On Sunday, Oct. 20, at approximately 8:16 p.m., Dyersburg Police responded to 600 Wendell Ave. in reference to a welfare check on a female and her 2-year-old son. Officers were informed by family members that Allison Brook Hawatt, 28, was inside her residence with her child and were concerned that she was going to harm herself.

Officers arrived and spoke with family members who reported that she refused to speak with them and locked the doors. Officers then attempted to speak with Hawatt, who refused to open the door and barricaded herself inside the home. Officers observed Hawatt to be armed with a butcher knife and observed her small child inside the residence.

The department's Special Response Team and negotiators were called to the scene, where negotiators immediately began negotiations. SRT members made entry into the home after Hawatt refused further negotiations and removed the child from the home. After the SRT team made entry, Hawatt locked herself in the bathroom and was still armed with a knife. Officers utilized a less-lethal impact round to incapacitate her and she was taken into custody.

Hawatt was transported to Dyersburg Regional Hospital by police where she was evaluated. She was discharged from the hospital on Monday morning and was transported to the Dyer County Law Enforcement Complex. Hawatt is charged with felony reckless endangerment.

DPD Assistant Chief of Police Steve Isbell said the situation progressed quickly, but was handled professionally and efficiently by the officers.

"First-responding officers did a great job with the initial response, and the Special Response Team and hostage negotiators are to be commended for their handling of this situation," said Isbell. "This incident evolved quickly from a barricaded person, to a hostage rescue and we are very pleased no one was injured."

Hawatt appeared in Dyersburg City Court on Monday evening and is being held in the Dyer County Jail without bond.


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If she was looking for attention for help, why lock yourself up? Why not go to authorities and say I need help?

-- Posted by alliw on Wed, Oct 23, 2013, at 9:55 AM


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