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7-hour standoff ends without injury in Gallatin

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Joey Knox

A Gallatin man, who police say barricaded himself inside a Green Wave Drive apartment complex and threatened to start shooting if anyone came inside, was arrested Thursday morning without injury following a seven-hour standoff.

Officers responded to a disturbance at Greenwood Apartments near Gallatin High and Rucker-Stewart Middle schools at approximately 8 p.m. Wednesday, according to police.

Upon arrival, two children were located outside and told police their mother and her boyfriend were arguing. The woman later came outside and said she had been hit in the mouth and pushed down by her boyfriend, identified as 37-year-old Joey Knox.

"(She) also stated that Joey turned on the gas stove and stated that he would blow her up," according to an arrest affidavit. "(She) stated he grabbed a pair of scissors and held them like a knife. Joey stated that he would kill her.

Police say Knox then barricaded himself inside the apartment and said he would "exchange bullets" if anyone came inside.

The Sumner County multi-jurisdiction Emergency Response Team (ERT) responded to the scene and a negotiator spoke with Knox for several hours in an attempt to get him to surrender, according to a news release from the Gallatin Police Department.

During the phone conversations, Police Chief Don Bandy said Knox talked about possibly harming himself and indicated he would become violent if officers tried to get into the apartment.

"We were worried about that," Bandy said. "We had deployed several rounds of chemicals into the residence. Once it got to where he wouldn't respond we were concerned about his health, so we made entry with our tactical team."

Knox was located hiding in a back closet and was taken into custody without injury at approximately 3 a.m., according to police. He was transported to Sumner Regional Medical Center for treatment and then to the Sumner County Jail where he was charged with aggravated assault.

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