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Man Surrenders After Overnight Standoff In Brentwood

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by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Residents in a Brentwood neighborhood will be able to rest much easier Thursday night after a more than 16 hour police standoff ended peacefully.

"It is kind of a weird thing," neighbor Patsy George said. "We didn't know what was going on."

Alamo Road was swarming with Brentwood police around 6 p.m. Wednesday evening.

"I came out (and) I was like I got to take a picture of this," George added. "There were fourteen (officers) out here."

Officers responded to a domestic situation. The alleged victim got out safe, but 71-year-old Wayne Cleveland refused to surrender to police and barricaded himself in his home.

Officers took extra precautions after the woman said Cleveland could possibly be armed.

"It was kind of scary, especially when they locked everything down," John Douglas, who lives in the neighborhood, said. "It was kind of scary."

Teddy Wallin, who lives across the street, had a hard time getting home.

"They had all of the streets blocked off at this intersection," he said. "They delayed me for about an hour getting into my house for the safety of the neighborhood and I understand that."

Minutes turned into hours. The sun set and it rose again.

"Poor guys were still out here," Wallin said about waking up to see a heavy police presence still in his neighborhood. "They were here all night, sitting behind trees and everywhere."

By 10:30 a.m Thursday, more than 16 hours later, Cleveland surrendered without incident.

"He and his wife travel quite a bit. Him and his wife are on the go quite a lot," Wallin said. "His place is immaculate, neat as a pin. Never had any trouble."

However, police said there was trouble at Cleveland's home on Wednesday evening and neighbors said they have no idea why.

"It makes me very sad," Douglas said. "Very sad."

Cleveland is receiving a medical evaluation. Once cleared he will be charged with aggravated assault.

A standoff tied up much needed resources and is difficult for a department the size of the Brentwood Police.

They also had help from Williamson Counties SWAT team. In the end, officers said they're glad no one was injured.


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