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Police Identify Man In 7-Hour Standoff In Smyrna

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SMYRNA, Tenn. - A man who engaged authorities in a multiple hour standoff in Smyrna will be charged once he is evaluated by medical personnel.

Smyrna Police said 64-year-old Michael Cowger's wife called them just before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday saying he was very upset, intoxicated, and had a weapon.

When officers arrived at the home on Ella Street, they found Cowger walking through the home and firing rounds inside the home. Police said he later started firing rounds out of the windows at the home.

The SWAT team and the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office were called in to help negotiate, but he refused to communicate with them. A couple of nearby neighbors had to be evacuated and police closed the road as a precaution. 

Electricity to the home was shut off and they also deployed tear gas in the home, but to no avail. Police said he fired a shot at authorities on the scene.

Cowger eventually began talking with negotiators, and police said he asked officers to shoot him several times during two hours of talks. Police said he threatened to begin shooting through walls at the officers in an attempt to get them to engage him.

Cowger had barricaded himself in an upstairs office by placing a desk against the door. A sniper fired direct impact foam rounds at Cowger, hitting him three times. He was taken into custody.

Cowger will be charged with six counts of reckless endangerment and one count of aggravated domestic assault once his medical evaluation is completed.

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